Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Arte in Madrid, world leader in the creation of artwork duplicates, and Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, designer and founder of Giberto Venezia, meet in Rome at Villa Borghese to scan Paolina Bonaparte as Venus Victorious, Neoclassical marble sculpture by Antonio Canova (Possagno, 1757 – Venice, 1822) today on display at Galleria Borghese.
After scanning the masterpiece with Factum Arte’s advanced technologies, a 3D digital model is created and printed in silicone. The 1:2 scale sculpture is then shipped to the island of Murano in Venice where glass Master Giorgio Giuman was able to create a rubber negative in which the wax can be poured. Once solidified the wax is immersed in a steel container and covered with liquid gesso. Once hardened, the gesso is positioned in a furnace to allow the wax to melt out, thus leaving a perfect mould of the original Paolina Borghese. The mould is then transported to Empoli where Giorgio Giuman and Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga pour crystal glass in the gesso.
The 70 kg of glass are then moved to a dedicated furnace where the material can slowly solidify over the course of a week. The work is then brought back to Murano where it is properly cleaned and prepared for the final sanding, which gives the sculpture the characteristic “ice” effect.
The glass sculpture is now view permanently at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where it is on show in the Cast Courts alongside its wax and gesso versions.