Twitter can be amazing sometimes...
I was reading about "L'Inconnue de la Seine". The face of a young woman found drowned in the river Seine in the 1800s. Her death mask was enormously popular - with copies of it appearing all over the world. Her smile was compared to the Mona Lisa and her face decorated the popular salons of the day.
Her death mask was even the basis for the first "CPR Doll". Her death has helped save more lives than anyone can possibly count.
There are thousands of photos and drawings of the mask - but no 3D scans.
Is there a freely available 3D model of "L'Inconnue de la Seine"?
— Terence Eden (@edent) August 12, 2021
Twitter, being a
wretched hive of scum and villainy machine for serendipity, soon found me someone who works somewhere that makes 3D scans of busts.
— Jonathan Beck (@jnthnbck) August 13, 2021
But they didn't have L'Inconnue in their collection.
Luckily, there was a museum nearby which had a copy of her face and, before the day was out, she'd been located!
Found her! pic.twitter.com/dhJcQP1HUS— Jonathan Beck (@jnthnbck) August 13, 2021
And promptly scanned!
Welcome to the digital world, mademoiselle inconnue!— Jonathan Beck (@jnthnbck) August 13, 2021
Got to stress test a new browser based photogrammetry pipeline we've been working on. Expect more user friendly experiences soon!😉 pic.twitter.com/pwUr0YsvRy
A few days later, and...
(Try dragging the object with your finger or mouse.)
A modern mobile phone and a few minutes in a room with good lighting is all1 you need and - WHAM - you've got a 3D model.
Huge thanks to Jonathan Beck for the scanthe.world project.
- OK, you need some decent software and the skills to tidy up the model. ↩