IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive is redesigned, and back online. IDEA includes manuscript visualizations, videos, and a virtual model of Isabella d’Este’s famous studiolo as well as a Zotero bibliography of materials relating to Isabella and the Italian Renaissance. See IDEA’s News link for book announcements and other relevant notices.
Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Puglia and Basilicata
The Renaissance art in Puglia and Basilicata is much less known than the heavily touristed and much studied sites in central Italy. Life-sized painted sculptures, many carved out of local stone, inhabit rough-walled cave churches and elaborate classically inspired mausolea. An elegantly attired angel hacks repeatedly at a cowering dragon, a saint looks unperturbed as her fingers sink into a lion’s mouth, a mother grins toothily as she cuddles her baby, and shepherds blow into bagpipes while stone sheep graze nearby. Artists placed holy narratives in spaces like the rocky landscape around them, and dressed sacred personages in local dress, while at the same time harkening back to an ancient past shrouded in myth and mystery. The art is both distinctively local and cosmopolitan, drawing upon influences from around the Adriatic and beyond. This open access database offers high-resolution images of and information about (with a catalog entry and bibliography for each work) over 100 objects, along with an interactive digital map. Approximately 1,000 high-resolution photographs can be downloaded and used free of charge for research, teaching, and publication. This database was created by Claire Litt and Una D’Elia (Queen’s University).
In addition to supporting scholarship on this understudied region by offering open access photographs, this database is a rich resource for teaching, as students can carry out research, curate, and publish their own virtual exhibitions using the database. (Links to undergraduate and graduate student exhibitions are provided on the homepage.)
Renaissance and Baroque Polychrome Sculpture in Lombardy and Piedmont
The mountains and lakes of Lombardy and Piedmont are both picturesque and rich with little-known cultural heritage. In the Renaissance and Baroque, northern Italy, which bordered Protestant lands, was central to promoting and supporting the Catholic faith. Life-sized painted sculptures made of wood, terracotta, and other materials were arranged to create naturalistic tableaux in chapels on holy mountains (Sacri Monti), pilgrimage sites which the devout visited at night, whipping themselves before sculptures must have seemed to come to life by the flickering light of lanterns. Sculpted bodies with a range of skin tones, some thin from suffering and illness and others Herculean in their muscular energy, have actual hair and are bound with real ropes or eat from real dishes. Other fleshy sculptures inhabit huge, theatrical altarpieces. Many of these living statues continue to be the focus of cult today and so are adorned with real jewelry and other offerings made by the faithful. These sculptures are site specific, embedded in the landscape, politics, and devotional practices of the region, but also the work of cosmopolitan artists and patrons with international connections. This database offers high-resolution images of and information about over 185 sculptures and sculptural groups, along with an interactive digital map. The information is in the form of a catalog entry with bibliography for each sculpture or sculptural group. Over 1,300 high-resolution photographs are available for download and can be used free of charge for research, teaching, and publication. This database was created by Kennis Forte and Una D’Elia (Queen’s University).
In addition to supporting scholarship in this understudied area by offering open access photographs that can be published free of charge, this database is a rich resource for teaching, as students can carry out research, curate, and publish their own virtual exhibitions using the database (links to undergraduate and graduate student exhibitions provided on the homepage).
Exchanging Views: The Viceroys of Naples and the Spanish Monarchy’s Image in the Baroque
Exchanging Views is an in-depth and well-organized historical research on the Viceroys of Naples, with a focus on their cultural and artistic patronage. The site is a resource for research and teaching on cross-cultural exchange in the early modern Mediterranean & on the Spanish monarchy between the 16th and 18th centuries. Exchanging Views is designed to be accessible and easy to navigate for undergraduates, and relevant across historical sub-fields. Produced jointly by the Universitat de Barcelona and the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.
Auf unserer Website, die der Geschichte Venedigs und derjenigen Kanadas gewidmet ist. Sie sollte sowohl für Anfänger und Neugierige geeignet sein, als auch für diejenigen, die aus Reiselust oder aus beruflichem Interesse hier gelandet sind. Neben Darstellungen zu einem breiten Themenspektrum finden Sie hier fortlaufend ergänzte Bibliografien, vielfach mit der Möglichkeit einen Blick in die Publikationen zu werfen oder sie gleich zu erwerben
Portale di Archeologia Medievale
Resource links maintained by the Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti Area di Archeologia Medievale, Università degli Studi di Siena.
Italian Academies Database
The online interactive Database of Academies includes books published by Academies from 1525–1700 and people involved in Academies or in the publishing industry. It contains about 10,000 entries, in particular academicians, authors, contributors, dedicatees, printers, publishers, editors, illustrators, Academies’ emblems and lists of members, and lists of books published under their auspices. Each book is described through some 20 fields. Each person is searchable, as far as possible, according to dates, nationality, profession, gender, nickname in Academies, and their role in publications.
Internet Culturale: Area archivi e biblioteche
Catalogues and digital collections of Italian libraries.
Incipitarium of Funeral Resources and a Smattering of Other Panygerical Literature from the Italian Renaissance (r1350-1550)
The database, in PDF form, contains manuscript and printed copies of funeral orations and a few other orations. It is arranged alphabetically by incipit.
Early Modern Italy: A Comprehensive Bibliography in English and French
This ongoing work was conceived as an adjunct to the textbook The Origins of Early Modern Italy, 1550–1800 in order to place at the disposal of students and scholars the complete span of scholarship on Italy published in English and French. The material encompasses all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life in the broader Italy, including Corsica and Malta, and the mutual influence of Italy and other European countries. It contains an introduction and historiographical overview, supported by a statistical breakdown of types of studies over the last 150 years.