New blog post by Clara Sawatzki

1. February 2023

Student Assistant Clara Sawatzki has written the first blog post for verso, the new Hypo­theses rese­arch blog of the Census. Please follow the link below for the full version of her text, published in both English and in German.

Geflü­gelte Pferde und schne­cken­för­mige Delfine: Eine erwei­terte Sicht auf die Anti­ken­zeich­nungen in der Census-Winged Horses and Snail-shaped Dolphins: A Broader Perspec­tive on Drawings after the Antique in the Census Database

A sketch­book in Oxford dating to the first half of the 16th century (Ashmo­lean Museum inv. KP 668) is an intri­guing work, not only because of its images of winged horses and dolphins with spiral-shaped tail­fins, but also because of the art-histo­rical ques­tions it raises. The author of this codex, its func­tion, as well as the original context that gave shape to these drawings inspired the antique remain unclear. In the Census data­base, the codex is listed as a “docu­ment” of the ancient works it depicts, although ques­tions concer­ning the drawings them­selves have so far only been of secon­dary importance. A closer look reveals, however, that a one-sided view of 16th century drawings as “docu­ments” over­looks their inde­pen­dent artistic value. The imagi­na­tive drawings in the Codex also opens ques­tions about how to update the data model of the Census.

[read more on verso]