Verso: Rese­arch Blog of the Census


The Hypo­theses rese­arch blog Verso publishes short, illus­trated essays in German and in English dealing with rese­arch ques­tions as well as the history, metho­do­logy, tech­no­logy and use of the Census of Antique Works of Art and Archi­tec­ture Known in the Renais­sance. In this manner Verso offers members of the Census staff, data­base users, colla­bo­ra­tors and fellows a venue in which to discuss rese­arch related to Census topics as well as their own perspec­tives on the project. Essays discus­sing rese­arch that has resulted from an enga­ge­ment with the Census, or metho­do­lo­gical reflec­tions upon the project are welcome. The site is intended to serve as a plat­form for discus­sion open to the wider community.

The title Verso pays homage to the way in which Phyllis Pray Bober, Ruth Rubin­stein and others added their own hand­written notes on the backs of Census photo­graphs and index cards during the era in which the analogue Census was built. In the spirit of these colla­bo­ra­tive anno­ta­tions, contri­bu­tions are sought that offer ‘behind the scenes’ reflec­tions on the Census, its meaning, history, rela­ti­onship with the field of digital huma­ni­ties, and future.


Essays published on the Verso site (English version):

1.  Clara Sawtzki, Winged Horses and Snail-shaped Dolphins: A Broader Perspec­tive on Drawings after the Antique in the Census Database

2.  Juan Carlos G. Mantilla, Sacsay­hu­aman in Early Moder­nity: the Inven­tion of New Ancient Edifices

3. Chris­to­pher Lu, Tracing the Foot­s­teps of Alfred Scharf: The Early History of the Census and the ‘Repu­blic of Pictures’


Essays published on the Verso site (German version):

1.  Clara Sawatzki, Geflü­gelte Pferde und schne­cken­för­mige Delfine: Eine erwei­terte Sicht auf die Anti­ken­zeich­nungen in der Census-Datenbank

2.  Juan Carlos G. Mantilla, Sacsay­hu­aman in der Frühen Neuzeit: Die Erfin­dung neuer antiker Bauwerke

3. Chris­to­pher Lu, Auf den Spuren Alfred Scharfs: Die frühe Geschichte des Census und die „Repu­blik der Bilder“