Databases and Research Tools

Blendeff is the new collection database of the KU Leuven art and science collections.

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H-Net. Humanities and Social Sciences online

H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

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HNA Review of Books

HNA Review of Books posts reviews of recent books and exhibition catalogues in the history of the visual arts in the Netherlands from c. 1350 to 1750, along with reviews of publications on German, French, and English art relevant to the Netherlands in this period.

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Mapping Gothic France

With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries, considered in three dimensions: Space, Time, Narrative.

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Medieval Art Research

Medieval Art Research is a resource run by research students at The Courtauld Institute of Art to provide news, views and upcoming advice from the world of medieval art history.

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Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Tuscany Database

An online open-access database of photographs of and information about over 350 objects, produced by Una D'Elia, Heather Merla, and Rachel Boyd. High-resolution photographs are freely available for research, teaching, and publication. Clicking on “show full item record” reveals further information and bibliography. The database also includes an integrated map, color-coded by material (by Claire Litt). For an example of how this resource can be used in teaching, see Reconstructing the Social Lives of Italian Renaissance Sculptures (reconstructingrenaissance.home.blog), a virtual exhibition created by Queen’s University undergraduate students, which includes digital visual reconstructions.

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The Boxwood Project

Intimate in scale and impossibly intricate in design, sixteenth-century miniature boxwood carvings have baffled the curious since the time they were made. Through the joint effort of the curatorial and conservation staff of the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rijksmuseum, the long-held secrets of the construction of these tiny treasures have been discovered and their histories uncovered in preparation for the 2016– 2017 exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures.

Small Wonders focuses on two great North American collections of sixteenth-century boxwood carvings that were formed a century apart: the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Morgan Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron of Fleet (1923–2006) and J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) shared a passion for works of art that were formed at the intersection of faith and invention, the same point of departure that we used for our research and writing.

This website presents the original research published in 2016 by both the AGO and the Rijksmuseum, additional resources for researchers and teachers, and a complete catalogue raisonné featuring stunning new photography. Typically, a catalogue raisonné is a complete listing of a single artist’s work accompanied by detailed notes that help us to understand their complete body of work. This catalogue raisonné assembles, for the first time, every known example of these carvings—but who exactly made them remains a mystery.

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The Brummer Gallery Records

Joseph and Ernest Brummer (1883-1947 and 1891-1964, respectively) were major art dealers who collected widely from classical antiquity to Modern Art, with significant focus on works of the Middle Ages, Pre-Columbian America, and Renaissance and Baroque decorative arts.
The digitized material from the collection primarily contains information on objects which were acquired through their New York and Paris galleries and sold in New York.

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The Index of Christian Art

McCormick Hall, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, USA

The Index of Christian Art houses, contextualizes, and presents images and information relating to the iconographic traditions of the medieval world. Founded in 1917 and maintained by a specialized staff of art historians, it serves iconographic researchers through both its physical archive on the Princeton University campus and an expanding online database. Its ongoing program of conferences and publications provides a center for continuing scholarly and public discourse about the visual culture of the Middle Ages.

For nearly a century, the Index of Christian Art has provided researchers of medieval art at Princeton and beyond with both visual images and scholarly expertise. Our physical index and online database make available approximately 200,000 images and data from the “Long Middle Ages,” from early apostolic times until the sixteenth century. While its name reflects its beginnings as a resource for the study of early Christian art, the Index now sets its parameters more broadly, including works from multiple medieval faith traditions as well as secular imagery. The medievalist scholars who maintain and develop these files also offer individual consultations and training for visiting researchers and area faculty and students. A 6,000-volume research library is available for consultation on site.

The Index also serves as a scholarly hub, hosting university classes, research workshops, and international conferences concerned with the meaning and reception of medieval visual culture. It maintains an active publications program, collaborating with several university presses to produce conference publications and the annual journal Studies in Iconography.

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