This post contains a selection of 3D models. These models were found on Sketchfab , the world’s leading 3D model host. They depict a selection of art forms and a variety of contexts. The siren below was built to adorn a tomb, whereas the krater below was made in order to hold wine and share merriment. These 3D models allow us to explore the form of objects much better than normal photography. For example, we can compare the striking difference in scene and quality of painting
These 3D models allow us to explore the form of objects much better than normal photography. For example, we can compare the striking difference in scene and quality of painting between one both sides of the krater with ease. We can also view the objects from various angles. Photographs tend to capture the angle that best shows the object’s details, however, that is not always the angle from which it would have been seen (this is particularly the case with architectural marbles).
Additionally, there are many other 3D models on Sketchfab that will be of interest to Classicists or Archaeologists. A simple search of keywords such as ‘Greek’, ‘Roman’, ‘Egyptian’, ‘Archaeology’, etc., will return many finds. However, be carefu
The 3D Models.
Many of these models are uploaded under Creative Commons, so are free to download and use as you like (though make sure you double check the exact license, since they vary). Then, using various freeware such as Blender or Unity, you can use these 3D models to create animations. or even gamify them, perfect for the classroom, or just as a bit of fun!
Siren with Lyre and Plectrum.
Krater Depicting Symposium Scene.
The Vignacce Marsyas.
Mosaic Depicting the Contest of Apollo and Marsyas.
The Roman Theatre at Clunia, in Burgos, Spain.