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The Census data­base connects antique monu­ments known during the Renais­sance (1400–1600) with the Renais­sance media which repre­sent these monu­ments. The project is prima­rily focused on recording which ancient monu­ments were demons­trably known, and in what state of preser­va­tion, in the fifte­enth and sixte­enth centuries. 

A total of over 200,000 entries record monu­ments, visual and written sources, places, persons, dates, artistic styles, events, biblio­graphy and illus­tra­tions. The number of ancient monu­ments is curr­ently over 10,000 and the Renais­sance docu­ment entries number over 38,000.

Written sources include collec­tion invent­ories, travel guides, archival docu­ments, and artists’ vitae. Visual sources in the Census prima­rily include drawings from sketch­books and albums, as well as single sheets and prints. 

The Data Model

This sche­matic repre­sen­ta­tion of the data model illus­trates the links that connect the diffe­rent cate­go­ries of data. The Census data­base consists of two central cate­go­ries, antique monu­ments and post-antique docu­ments (the primary files), which are directly related to one other. The smaller cate­go­ries (the autho­rity files) provide supple­men­tary infor­ma­tion. Both cate­go­ries of primary files are linked to the autho­rity files (loca­tion, person, date, biblio­graphy, and image). The index of stylistic descrip­tions (style) refers only to antique monu­ments.The autho­rity files are inter­con­nected, but each cate­gory can also be sear­ched separately.

The Census Home Page

The home page of the Census reflects the data model in its layout: at the centre are the search bars for the two main cate­go­ries, antique monu­ments and Renais­sance docu­ments, while below are the five cate­go­ries loca­tion, person, date, style and biblio­graphy. The GeoCensus feature provides map-based access to the contents of the database.

For a user manual with detailed inst­ruc­tions on how to use the data­base, for the GeoCensus feature and for infor­ma­tion about the personal login feature, please follow the links below.