Lecture to explore 3-D modeling of Greek temple

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Lecture to explore 3-D modeling of Greek temple

The Temple of Hera at Olympia
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The Temple of Hera at Olympia

Philip Sapirstein, assistant professor of art history, will discuss his work in creating a 3-dimensional model of the Temple of Hera at Olympia in a 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 talk in Richards Hall, room 14.

Sapirstein will present new results from a July survey of the temple, which is among the first and best-preserved Doric monuments in the Greek world. He used photogrammetry — a new technique that creates detailed 3-D models from photographs — to document the temple. The results challenge a century-old theory about the history of the building and the models created reveal design features overlooked in previous studies.

The work is part of the Digital Architecture Project, which is affiliated with UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. The project goal is to examine the origins of Doric architectural style in ancient Greek sanctuaries.

Sapirstein, who has been hired by UNL and will join the Department of Art and Art History in the fall, will discuss the importance of the project and the potential of photogrammetry for analysis and publication of ancient art and architecture.

The lecture, “3-D Modeling of Ancient Architecture: The Temple of Hera at Olympia,” is free and open to the public.

Sapirstein is currently on leave at Tel Aviv University, where he is completing work after receiving a Fulbright United States-Israel Educational Foundation postdoctoral award.

Read more about Sapirstein’s research at http://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/artsatunl/2562/14224.

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