Tudor-era tombs reconstructed in 3D

Last Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 14:58

London: Researchers have used 3D modelling and drawings in 16th century manuscripts to digitally recreate two elaborate Tudor-era tombs.

University of Leicester experts have tried to recreate two Tudor monuments using a mixture of humanities research and scientific technology.

The elaborate tombs were planned by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk - one for himself, and another for Henry VIII`s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, researchers said.

The tombs were not complete when the priory was dissolved in 1540. Some parts of the monuments were salvaged and later finished off in a different style and with different materials, in St Michael`s Church, Framlingham, Suffolk.

Other parts were abandoned in the ruins of the priory and were discovered by excavators centuries later: those parts are now scattered in various museums - including the British Museum - and stores.

The researchers have now brought together all these pieces, and used drawings in 16th century manuscripts, 3D laser scanning and 3D prints to recreate the monuments as they were originally intended.

"Our exhibition studies the catastrophic effects of the Dissolution of Thetford Priory and of Henry VIII`s attempted destruction of Thomas Howard, third duke of Norfolk, on the ducal tomb-monuments at Thetford," Dr Phillip Lindley, of the University of Leicester`s Department of the History of Art and Film, said.

The Tudor dynasty or House of Tudor was a European royal house of Welsh origin descended from Prince Rhys ap Tewdwr, that ruled the Kingdom of England and its realms, including the Lordship of Ireland, later the Kingdom of Ireland, from 1485 until 1603.

"Parts of two unfinished monuments were salvaged in 1540 and later moved to St Michael`s, Framlingham, Suffolk: other pieces were abandoned in the ruined priory, only to be excavated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries," said Lindlay.

"Using 3D laser scanning and 3D prints, we have - virtually - dismantled the monuments at Framlingham and recombined them with the parts left at Thetford in 1540, to try to reconstruct the monuments as they were first intended, in a mixture of the virtual and the real," he said.


First Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 14:58

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