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
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.