Example of the Raphael Cartoon 


                                                     Issues Surrounding Media Files (week #10)

In the Victoria and Albert Museum there is 500 year old Masterpiece by Raphael. That masterpiece is a 5 meter long Biblical cartoon. Cartoon means that it was drawn on paper instead of on canvas. The cartoon was used to make the tapestries that hang in the Sistine Chapel. This cartoon was in smaller pieces to make it easier to make the tapestries. It was put back together so visitors can get the whole affect of the masterpiece. Three D scanning is used to check for any damage to the cartoon. Because it is made of paper it is very fragile, and with the damaged noted in the condition files. The date is set to repair the cartoon and that is when they set to close that part of the museum. With the use of scaffolding makes the repair that more difficult to accomplish. The cartoon is examined every 5 years and cleaned every 30 years.
Documentation is paramount to ensure that the cartoon will continue to survive in the years to come.

One Thought to “Issues surrounding the preservation and maintenance of media files”

  1. Angela Linn

    I never knew these were referred to as cartoons! Wow… pretty cool.
    For this post we were hoping you’d look at the digital media associated with the physical collections and consider the efficacy of that media in its intended purpose. With this particular collection, it would be great for you to consider a bit more deeply the use of the high-resolution recording project that you reference. (https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/explore-the-raphael-cartoons#slideshow=3891&slide=0)

    The webpage provides visitors an opportunity to see these works in new ways, through the infrared and surface photography. Does seeing the works with these different tools help you see the originals in different ways? How does this compare to the high-resolution scan site of “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” in terms of your interpretation of the works? What sort of long-term updates might staff at each museum have to think about with these media files? I wonder what format they’re saved in? How much migration they might have to be concerned about? Do they use proprietary software in order to view the files and share online? What intellectual property issues might they be concerned about?

    Thanks for sharing this discovery!

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