Databases and Research Tools

A database of medieval choir stalls and misericordia

Since 2005 a database of choir stalls and misericords in Western Europe has been developed.

Choir stalls are part of the fixed church furniture in medieval monasteries and collegiate churches and were made in the period from 1150 to 1550 throughout Western Europe. The choir stalls are constructed from one or two rows of wooden seats, placed on the north and south side of the choir and possibly also on the west side. The folding sessions of the seats on the bottom have a console-like support, called a misericord. This word is derived from the Latin word misericordia that means mercy. During the periods in which canons and monks had to stand the misericord offered support. Parts of the choir banks, such as the misericords, are frequently decorated with carvings. Mainly religious scenes are to be found on the cheeks. This is in contrast to the carving of the misericords and the buttons where the profane world dominated with displays of fantasy creatures, human types, animals, proverbs and fables. Situated in the centre of the religious world the carvings give an idea of the way of thinking and acting in daily life of in the Middle Ages. The CKD has several collections of images - the collection J. Verspaandonk, the collection Muck and the collection Van Aalst.

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Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur

The Bildindex provides approximately 2 million photographic reproductions of art and buildings in Germany and Europe.

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Iconclass is a classification system designed for art and iconography. It is the most widely accepted scientific tool for the description and retrieval of subjects represented in images (works of art, book illustrations, reproductions, photographs, etc.) and is used by museums and art institutions around the world.

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JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA

Five decades of Met Publications on art history, available to read, download and/or search for free.

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Dictionary of Art Historians

A biographical and methodological database intended as a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history. A free, copyrighted, scholarly database for the use of researchers, students and the public.

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