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W&L Trio Publishes Article in the Heritage Science Journal George Bent, David Pfaff and Mackenzie Brooks teamed up to profile the 3D reconstruction of historic sites in Florence, Italy.

bargellopalazzo-512x400 W&L Trio Publishes Article in the Heritage Science JournalThe Bargello in Florence, Italy

Washington and Lee’s George Bent, David Pfaff and Mackenzie Brooks, along with co-authors Roxanne Radpour and John Delaney from the National Gallery of Art, published an article in the Heritage Science Journal.

The article — “A practical workflow for the 3D reconstruction of complex historic sites and their decorative interiors: Florence As It Was and the Church of Orsanmichele” — covers Bent’s ongoing digital humanities project “Florence As It Was.”

Bent, the Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts at W&L, leads the project, which is a first-of-its-kind digital reconstruction of Florence, Italy, as it appeared in the 15th century.

Work on the digital project began in 2016 and has involved no fewer than 20 W&L students over the years, along with critical technical assistance from both Pfaff, academic technologist in the Integrative and Quantitative Center, and Brooks, who serves as associate professor and digital humanities librarian.

Funding for the article was made possible by funding from the W&L’s Class of 1956 Provost’s Faculty Development Endowment.

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