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International Summer Study Days on Baroque Ceiling Painting

France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, in association with
the Institute of Art History at the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), have prepared International Summer Study Days on Baroque Ceiling Painting in Slovenia and Austria (Styria), on August 30 – September 5, 2017. The program contains visits of different monuments, presentations of student projects and
lectures by researchers from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia.

International Summer Study Days on Baroque Ceiling Painting have been organised at the time of the exhibition Hercules Stiriae – Štajerski Herkul – Hercules of Styria. Following the Traces of Ignaz Maria Count of Attems’ Commissions of Frescoes in Slovenska Bistrica Castle (June 15 – December 31, 2017) and in the scope of the research program Slovenian Artistic Identity in European Context and research project Visual Representations of the Nobility. Early Modern Art Patronage in the Styria Province (No. J6-7410 (B), conducted at the France Stele Institute of Art History ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana) financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.



Mural Painting in the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Recently, several thousand photos of church interiors from Southern Germany have been uploaded into the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database (http://iconographic.warburg.sas.ac.uk), where they can be freely downloaded. Some 20,000 more images are waiting to be added. It is planned to link this collection with the Corpus der Barocken Deckenmalerei.

Following the principles of the Warburg Institute Photographic Collection, the metadata focusses on iconography. We describe subject-matter in a hierarchical system that allows us to place related subject-matters next to each other. In contrast to ICONCLASS, our system is flexible so that we can easily create new categories to describe innovative iconographies, which are so common in the Baroque. We include material in all media and from all countries (with a focus on Europe from Classical Greece to about 1800), so allowing users to note connections across time, space and materials. An entry on a painting in the crossing of Fürstenfeld Abbey may give an idea of our approach:


In addition to presenting our own photographs (up to now, only the sections on Mythology and Astrology of our Photo Collection have been systematically digitized), we also collaborate with other projects to make digitized material findable through iconographic classification. We have therefore evolved from being a digital photo collection towards a global iconographic research portal. A good example are our entries on some illuminated manuscripts from the Munich Staatsbibliothek, such as the Salzburg Missal.

Because European mural paintings often contain rich and complex iconographies and are comparatively little known, we would be very interested in collaborating with projects that are engaged in cataloguing them.


Image at the top: Schäftlarn Abbey

Landscape and Countryside in Baroque

Krajina a venkov v baroku / Landscape and Countryside in Baroque

International conference, Horní Jiřetín and Jezeří Chateau,
Czech Republic, October 14–15, 2016

The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Omnium Association and the Town of Horní Jiřetín, in cooperation with the Departments of art history of the Czech universities, are organizing an international conference devoted to questions of landscape and countryside in the 17th and 18th centuries. The conference is focused on different aspects of formation and conception of the landscape and rural architecture and arts in the early modern era, but also on their present-day devastation. The program of the conference is enclosed.

We are looking forward to your participation!

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Image, Communication, Behaviour

Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cultural Phenomena in the Central European History: Image, Communication, Behaviour

by Michaela Šeferisová Loudová and Radka Nokkala Miltová, Seminar of Art History, Masaryk University in Brno

The main objective of the centre is a cross-disciplinary analysis and interpretation of mechanisms, which may explain the cultural-historical reality throughout its long duration from the Middle Ages up to the resent. The centre intends to develop a synergistic link between research teams in the cultural-historical field at universities in Brno and Olomouc, which have for some time now been prominent in their use of such approaches. In addition there is also the intention to draw on cooperation with the most important Czech Republic researchers as well as with leading experts abroad (Wroclaw, Vienna, Paris, Lausanne). In this sense the project endeavours to link up various methodological approaches with subjects in the field, which will be monitored within the particular modules: The theory and practice of cultural-historical disciplines; Image, cult, space; Imagination, image and text; Representation, places of memory. Outputs from the project will be a series of monographs, articles and a final, methodologically targeted volume, in which all the modules will be involved.

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The Research Group BCPCE

Welcome to the blog of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE). In the next future, we would like to inform you about the activities of the group focused on monumental painterly decoration of Central European and Italian sacral and profane architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries, on its documentation and art historical interpretation.

Herzlich willkommen auf der Blog- und Website der Forschungsgruppe für barocke Deckenmalerei in Zentraleuropa.  Wir möchten über die Aktivitäten der Gruppe informieren, die sich auf monumentale gemalte Ausstattung in mitteleuropäischen und italiänischen Sakral- und Profanbauten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, auf deren Dokumentation und deren kunsthistorischer Interpretation konzentrieren.


Johann Michael Rottmayr – Antonio Beduzzi, “Via triumphalis” of St. Benedict, church of the Benedictine monastery, Melk (Lower Austria), 1720-1721

Angels Castle in Carpathians: Carpoforo Tencalla

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Jozef Medvecký, senior research fellow of the Institute of Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The monograph Anjelský hrad v Karpatoch [Angels Castle in Carpathians] presents results of Jozef Medvecký’s long-time research into the residence of the Count Pálffy family at Červený Kameň (Western Slovakia) and its rich and splendid painterly decoration by Carpoforo Tencella (1623–1685), the famous painter from Bissone (Ticino, Switzerland).


Sala terrena, castle Červený Kameň, Slovakia
Carpoforo Tencalla, Dancing Nyphs (Muses and Minerva), sala terrena, castle Červený Kameň, 1654-1657

Jozef Medvecký, Anjelský hrad v Karpatoch. Carpoforo Tencalla a ranobaroková výzdoba hradu Červený Kameň [Angels Castle in Carpathians. Carpoforo Tencalla and the Early Baroque Decoration of the castle Červený Kameň], Bratislava 2016

Societas historiae artium & Institute of Art History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 190 pp.,  ISBN: 9788097030445



Die Wiener Hofburg 1521-1705

Herbert Karner (Hg.), Die Wiener Hofburg 1521-1705. Baugeschichte, Funktion und Etablierung als Kaiserresidenz (Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, Band: 444, Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Kunstgeschichte, Band: 13, Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der Wiener Hofburg, Herausgegeben von Artur Rosenauer), Band II, Wien 2014

Verlag der ÖAW, 625 S., mit zahlr. Farb- u. sw-Abb., ISBN13: 978-3-7001-7657-2



Band II der fünfbändigen Publikationsreihe zur Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der Wiener Hofburg analysiert deren Entwicklung zur zentralen mitteleuropäischen Kaiserresidenz von Ferdinand I. bis einschließlich Leopold I. Die Neuschreibung der facettenreichen Bau- und Funktionsgeschichte der kontinuierlich sich vergrößernden Residenz wird begleitet von Untersuchungen zu den Repräsentationspraktiken der Habsburger. Continue reading Die Wiener Hofburg 1521-1705

Kosmos Barock

Werner Telesko, Kosmos Barock. Architektur – Ausstattung – Spiritualität. Die Stiftskirche Melk, Wien 2013

Böhlau, 215 S., ISBN: 978-3-205-78953-6



Die Fülle der künstlerischen und inhaltlichen Facetten einer barocken Kirche scheint für den heutigen Betrachter kaum mehr verständlich. Die vorliegende, leicht verständliche Einführung soll als Anleitung dienen, den vielfältigen „Kosmos“ eines barocken Kirchenbaus besser verstehen zu können. Continue reading Kosmos Barock


Martin Mádl (ed.), Tencalla I–II (Barokní nástěnná malba v českých zemích), Praha 2012–2013

Artefactum – Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, 499 + 647 pp., ISBN 978-80-86890-60-6


Tencalla_01   Tencalla_02


This two-volume art-historical study and catalogue devoted to the painters Carpoforo Tencalla (1623–1685) and his younger cousin and pupil Giacomo Tencalla (1644–1689) came into being as part of a programme focusing on the documentation of and research into 17th- and 18th-century ceiling paintings in the Czech lands, which is being developed by the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with other institutions in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. Continue reading Tencalla

Andrea Pozzo

Herbert Karner (Hg.), Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709). Der Maler-Architekt und die Räume der Jesuiten, Wien 2012

Verlag der ÖAW, ISBN 978-3-7001-7200-0


Der berühmte italienische Maler und Architekt Andrea Pozzo S.J. (1642–1709) setzte mit der Ausmalung des riesigen Gewölbes der römischen Jesuitenkirche S. Ignazio und mit der Publikation seines zweibändigen Perspektiv-Traktates „Perspectiva Pictorum et Architectorum“ entscheidende Akzente für die Entwicklung der spätbarocken Raum- und Ausstattungskunst in Italien. Continue reading Andrea Pozzo