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Maulbertsch and Adolph von Freenthal: „Kalkmalerei in Fresko“ and „quadri riportati“

Excursions to Mikulov and Kroměříž, April 28-29, 2022

by: Michaela Šeferisová Loudová
photos: Martin Mádl

Two important works of the Baroque painting in Moravia located in Mikulov (Nikolsburg) and in Kroměříž (Kremsier) are under restoration. The ceiling paintings depicting scenes from the St John the Baptist legend in the church of the Piarists in Mikulov were created by Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724–1796) around 1757.

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BCPCE against Putin’s Aggression in Ukraine

Under the impression of a disturbing report and based on unfortunate historical experience, The Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe, an association of experts and professional institutions from Europe and the United States, dedicated to the study of monumental painting of the early modern period, strongly condemns the unjustifiable military aggression of the Putin regime and its army against Ukraine, during which civilians, including women and children, are being murdered and hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have already been forced to flee their homes. We oppose the unacceptable invasion of the territory of a free state, which is a flagrant violation of international law and a drastic violation of basic human rights.  Last but not least, we condemn this aggression by Putin’s Russia as a real and already implemented threat to the values of the world’s cultural heritage, to which Ukrainian cultural property undoubtedly belongs. We call for a halt to Russia’s barbaric war campaign and for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine!

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Shadow Casting in the Projection of Baroque Ceiling Paintings

Shadow Casting in the Projection
of Baroque Ceiling Paintings

(Workshop, Brno, October 8, 2020)

by: Michaela Šeferisová Loudová and Martin Mádl
photos: Martin Mádl and Tadeáš Kadlec

On October 8, the Seminar of Art History, Masaryk University in Brno, and the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the restorer Michaela Rychlá Navrátilová and the architect Daniela Vlková, and with the students of art history of the Masaryk and the Charles Universities have organized a joint workshop in Brno.

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CBDD Greetings

Liebe Alle,

liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der BCPCE,

in dieser ungewissen Zeit von Corona senden wir Euch vom Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland einen herzlichen und aufmunternden Gruß.

Hoffentlich geht es Euch allen gut und Ihr seid wohlauf. Wir denken an Euch, wünschen Euch trotz der widrigen Umstände alles Gute und freuen uns schon sehr darauf, Euch alle wieder wohlbehalten treffen zu können.

Das Wichtigste aber ist, wie man heute trefflich schreibt:

Bleibt gesund!

Euer CbDD-Team /

Stephan Hoppe, Matteo Burioni und das gesamte CbDD-Team

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Vol. I of the Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Hungary Published

Barokk freskófestészet Magyarországon, I. kötet: Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom és Veszprém megye [Baroque ceiling painting in Hungary, Vol. I: Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom and Veszprém Countiers], szerk. Jernyei Kiss János, Budapest 2019, 520 p., ISBN: 978-61-05546-436-2

The first volume of the corpus of Baroque ceiling painting in Hungary has been published recently by the MMA publisher in Budapest, in collaboration with the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Centre.

The publication is the result of the research project carried out earlier at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, coordinated by János Jernyei-Kiss who also edited the present volume.

Following the modell of the “Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland”, the 4 volume series will provide a complete catalogue of Baroque ceiling paintings Hungary.

The first volume is a collective work of 15 authors and catalogues 56 works in the central Transdanubian region of Hungary, that is in the territories of Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom és Veszprém counties.

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Fürstbischöfliche Repräsentation im Spätmitelalter und der frühen Neuzeit

These days, our colleagues professor Stephan Hoppe, Angelika Dreyer and Heiko Lass from the Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland (LMU München) take part in the conference “Fürstbischöfliche Repräsentation im Spätmitelalter und der frühen Neuzeit”, taking place in Passau, October 5 – 6, 2018.

For more information, please, see:

Continent Allegories in the Baroque Age – A Research Database

A brief introduction by Dr. Marion Romberg from the Austrian research project „Erdteilallegorien im Barockzeitalter” at the University of Vienna’s Department of History

Link to the database:

Visual Examples of continent allegories in the database (Screenshot)

During the late Renaissance – around 1570 – humanists developed a new “shorthand” way of representing the world at a single glance: personifications of the four continents Europe, Asia, Africa and America. While the continent allegory as an iconic type had already been invented in antiquity, humanists and their artists adapted the concept by creating the four-continent scheme and standardized the attributes characterizing the continents. During the next 230 years until ca. 1800, this iconic scheme became a huge success story. All known media were employed to bring the four continent allegories into the public and into people’s homes. Within this prolonged history of personifications of the continents, the peak was reached in the Late Baroque, and especially the 18th century. As a pictorial language they were interwoven with texts, dogmas, narratives and stereotypes. Thus the project team find himself asking: What did continent allegories actually mean to people living in the Baroque age?

The geographical dissemination of continent allegories in the South of the Holy Roman Empire (Screenshot)

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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