This very elaborate multi-tiered database has more than 20,000
Renaissance Documents (inventories, guide books, lives of artists,
archival documents, etc.) related to more than 10,000 Antique Monuments
(sculptures, architecture, vases, etc.) that are accompanied by 30,000
photographs or illustrations. The collection of images includes:
drawings, sketchbooks, paintings, engravings, sculpture, medals,
applied arts, etc. The database can be utilized for its
collection of images, but more extensive information is provided in the
database. Monuments, their preservation history, provenance
history, and other relevant information are accompanied by
Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known to the Renaissance
The Census began in 1946 at the Warburg Institute in
London on index cards. To make the information more accessible
the information was transferred to an electronic database in the
1980s. Presently, the board of the Census consists of the
Directors of the Warburg Institute, the Bibliotheka Hertziana
(Max-Plank-Institute), the Getty Information Institute and the Getty
Center, and the Warburg-Haus.
There are four ways to search the database:
Tree of Subject Headings
String in Title and Comment and
These choices appear in the square boxes on the left side of the
screen. Simply click on the desired search method to begin.
Predefined search is the default search that opens automatically.
Searches are performed most easily with the PREDEFINED SEARCH.
-In the drop down menu box the
categories include a search by
Monuments- has subcategories: Name, Date, Type, and Style of
Documents- the subcategories are: Name/Invoice Number, Monument
name, Date, and Person
The following examples demonstrate the pattern for searching the
1. To begin simply
select a category in the drop down menu box on the left.
2. Enter a keyword
into small box on the right and click on start.
For example, select Antique
Monuments (names) and type in the name Torso Belvedere or just Torso.
N.B. This database is
extremely case sensitive. Instead of typing the entire name, a
letter or a few letters can also be used to pull up a keyword list of
3. Click on Torso
Belvedere from the Keyword List.
4. The upper window
that pops up includes:
Type of monument- “Statue”
Location of the monument- “Roma, Musei Vaticani, Sala della
Muse, Vestibolo Quadrato no. 3”
Where it is published-“(Amelung 1908)”
Provenance- “Collection of
Cardinal Prospero Colonna (1432-1435)”
In this example the “images” are
displayed below. In the center, there is a new drop down menu box
titled “Data Sheets.” Additional information can be located by
Renaissance Condition and
N.B. On some Macs these choices
only display as a dash. Menu choices do not appear if there is no
5. Select Monument Description
In the lower window the first header “Name/Inv.” is a list of possible
names of who could be represented or an alternative nickname for the
object. Followed is the Class (“sculpture”), Type (“statue”),
Material (“marble”), Original (whether it is original), Number (if
there are multiples) and finally a list of Descriptive words (such as
“nude,” “lion skin,” “turning right.”)
6. Select Monument History
In the lower box information regarding the “Location, Specific
Place/Inventory Number, Creation Date, Style, Artist, Current State or
Condition, and the Renaissance Attribution” of the statue.
-Click on “Apollios of Athens” (it’s in blue and therefore
The upper and lower windows will
appear with new information including: the various names of the artist,
birth and death dates of the artist, a bibliographic citation, the
birthplace of the artist, etc.
7. After this point, to go back
click on Zuruck zu or click
“Torso Belvedere” in the Navigation
(History) or the Results/Size
windows on the right. By clicking on either one, it will take you back
to the initial results of the search. If you wanted to explore
more information under Monument
History you would need to start again from the main window.
Usually there is no “back button;” its presence depends on your
viewer and its version.
Mac users may be able to force a back and forward browser button by
clicking on “View” on the upper tool bar and then “Buttons.”
For instance, select Monument History in the
-Click on “Late Hellenistic
Period”-A selection of other
monuments of the Late
Hellenistic Period known in
the Renaissance is listed.
-Click Zuruck zu
or return to the main Torso Belvedere window.
-Select Monument History
-Click on “Roma, Musei
Vaticani, Salle del Museo”-In the
lower window will be a list of
all the monuments in that same hall in the museum.
8. In the drop down menu box
select Provenance History
-Click on the collector Andrea
Bregno (“post 1496-ante 1503, Roma Collection of Andrea Bregno”)
Included under the header
“Document” is a list and images of all the known Renaissance sources
documenting the Torso Belvedere in the collection of Andrea Bregno
between 1496 and 1503.
N.B. If images are
available this is indicated by the ■ and they will appear
as you mouse over the entry.
-Click Zuruck zu…
9. In the drop down menu box
again select Relationships
This includes a collection of
documents, images, etc. relating to the statue. Again, by moving
the cursor over a listing of a document an image may pop up.
-Click Zuruck zu…
10.In the drop down menu box
select Monument Bibliography
-Click on any entry for which
you would want to see the complete citation. The citation will appear
in the upper box
11. Select Renaissance Condition
-After the description of its
state in the Renaissance is a list
of documents testifying to this,
some with pop up images.
-Click on “Calenzano, Collection
You can then click on the image
in the lower box to enlarge and print.
-By clicking on any of the
entries different information will
appear. Furthermore, the
drop down menu box will change again to provide yet more
-Click Zuruck zu…
12. Select Preservation History
-Click on event to obtain
specific information regarding its
condition, cleaning, repair,
-To see the extent
of this database
-Click on “damaged (ante 1498)”
-In the “person resp” field
click on unknown
every object that was damaged
by an unknown person is given. You can further click, etc.
This basically completes a navigation through one monument using
a Predefined Search. We
have left the data sheets or main window to go to other windows, but we
have always returned to the same monument.
This database has a wealth of images. There are two places
images appear, in the lower window and in pop up boxes, which appears
as your cursor moves over entries. N.B. Mac users may have to move very
slowly over entries to pop up images. You can click on and enlarge the
images in the bottom data sheet, but not in a pop up box. The
images may appear small and fuzzy in their shrunken form, but they
print large and crisp.
For certain images, there is a “store” icon located below the
image. One can store images
in the lightbox (window at the lower right of the screen) for
comparison or print the images at a later time.
N.B. This feature does not
-Enter any file name for
personal area and click “start.”
-There is option to “only store” or “place in viewer”
-Place in “only store” if you
want to print the images at full size. You can
also compare the images from here.
-Click “only store”
-A prompt appears and click
-A new box pops up with a drop
down menu that says
“new result name”
-Click only “store.”
-Enter any result name.
-After storing the image, click
in the light box on the search name
to bring up the image/s.
-“Place in viewer” to compare
images. You cannot right click and print
from this area, instead you must ctrl + P, but only the small image as
appears will print.
-Click on “place in viewer”
-Click on a space to insert the image
If you cannot store because this feature is not working, you can
ctrl + P, but the image will print in the small size.
TREE OF SUBJECT HEADINGS
A complete listing of these subject headings is attached.
This alternative way of retrieving data is not as easy and useful as
Go down the subject tree by clicking on the Black Crosses.
To move backwards up the
subject tree, click on the minus
symbol before the heading.
To choose all the entries for all the subheadings of a subject, click
on [all sub].
Some subject terms offer a pre-determined list of appropriate sub-terms
in a pull down box, which you reach by beginning to type an appropriate
STRING SEARCHING (=
precise string, any part of the title)
Choose “Exact string”,
“Ignore capitals” or “Ignore capitals & accent,” and then type in your string. Anything
related to the search word will come up.
For example, since there is nothing in the Predefined Search that leads you to
search for a collector, but you want to find out what objects were in
the collection of Giovanni Ciampolini you can type in “Ciampolini” and
21 headings in which the word Ciampolini is found in a data sheet will
UNSPECIFIED SUBJECT SEARCHING
Words from all parts of the database that includes: subject,
places, inventory numbers, authors, collection names, monuments, etc.
can be entered in the box, taking care to capitalize correctly.
“RESULT, EXPORT PRINT” Button
Select the result sets
and the operator from the pull
down menu boxes.
Type in a name for the new result set and then click on “combine”.
Select your result set from the pull down menu and click on
At the top of the next window that appears choose either Print
or E-Mail to send or print the entire list.
You can also print one record
at a time by typing Control-P. (Click first on the window you
want to print!)
Marnie Leist and Jean Susorney
University of Cincinnati, Classics Library
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Last updated 03/30/05.
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