The Census database connects antique monuments known during the Renaissance (1400–1600) with the Renaissance media which represent or respond to them. The project has been primarily focused on cataloguing which ancient monuments were 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 Antique Monuments is currently over 10,000 and the Postclassical Works 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 schematic representation of the data structure uses arrows to illustrate the connections between categories of data.
The Census database consists of the two central object types Antique Monuments and Postclassical Works, which are directly related to each other. The other object types provide supplementary information. Both main categories are linked to indexes of places (Location), persons (Person), bibliography (Bibliography) and images (Image). The object type “Style” refers only to Antique Monuments. There are also links between the subcategories, and each category can be searched individually or in combination.
Further Information and Links
The Census database migrated to a new system in March 2023. Follow the links below to go to the database help page or to find information about personal accounts in the new database.
Below you will also find a link to information on the Census Semantic Data Models.
Quick Start Guide
The Quick Start Guide introduces the new Census database and its search functions.
Database Help: Videos and FAQs
A short video and FAQs designed to help users navigate the features of the new database
Personal accounts allow users to take advantage of extra features of the database
The Census Semantic Data Models (CSDM) is a set of semantically-encoded data models created for the Census database.