Photogallery, the tables of Louis Braun's 1000 square meter work

The painting of the "Battle of Morat", 10,5 m high and 111 m long, created in 1893 to commemorate the clash between the Confederation and Burgundy

Louis Braun: the 1000 square meter work on the Battle of Morat
A detail of the large oil painting "The Battle of Morat" restored by the Experimental Museology Laboratory of EPFL

After a brief exhibition in Zurich and Geneva at the end of the nineteenth century and at the Swiss National Exhibition in 2002, the unforgettable “Expo.02”, theartwork of the “Battle of Morat” has spent the last twenty years “hidden”.

It was in a military warehouse in Grolley in the Canton of Fribourg, divided into the three rolls that compose it.

After two months of conservation and restoration work, the monumental painting by Louis Braun, created in 1893 on approximately 1000 square meters of canvas, must be fully digitised.

Both activities, protection of the property historical e artistic e digitization, however, require a large mechanical platform to work effectively on the painting.

A special camera, sponsored by the manufacturer Phase One and equipped with a 150 million pixel sensor, is installed on a mobile structure developed for this purpose: in three months of work it captures approximately 127.000 images.

Once organically assembled, this data will form the largest digital image of a single object ever created by man.

The completed work is estimated to consist of 1,6 terapixels, with a resolution of 1.000 dots per inch, or DPI, and to have a color gamut beyond the visible light spectrum.

A film shows the painting which is the subject of the process hosted by the "eM+" center, the Experimental Museology Laboratory of the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne, directed by the professor Sarah kenderdine...

The Battle of Morat will be the largest digital object in the world
Video, the Swiss-Burgundian clash is digitized and preserved

Louis Braun: the 1000 square meter work on the Battle of Morat
The restoration of the enormous oil painting “The Battle of Morat” curated by the Laboratory of Experimental Museology of the EPFL (Photo: eM+/EPFL)