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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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His Artibus: An Author (CFP)

His Artibus: An author, Her/His Environment and Artwork. Possibilities of Artists’ Biographies in the Present Day (CFP)

May 6 – 7, 2020
Masaryk University, Department of Art History
Brno, Arna Nováka 1, Czech Republic

One of the founders of the art historical discipline, Carl Friedrich von Rumohr, stated that a piece of artwork needs to be critically explained outside of itself and not according to the intention of its author. His statement stands at the beginning of an important tradition of a scientific approach to art history. In a similar sense, the thoughts of Michael Baxandall have been resonating until the present day. He reflected upon model situations of “patterns of intention” in relation to artwork, commissioning and an author and her/his environment. The philosophical and historical contributions of Michel Foucault and Roger Chartier, as well as methodological initiative of Pierre Bourdieu and Niklas Luhmann from the sociological perspective, enter the art historical debate about artworks and their authors collaterally in this tradition.

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In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century

Michaela Šeferisová Loudová,  Ve jménu moudrosti. Ikonografie barokních knihoven na Moravě v 18. století [In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century], Brno 2019, 501 pp., ISBN: 978-80-7422-663-2

This book is the first monograph on the artistic decoration of Baroque library halls created in the 18th century and still preserved in now days Moravia, namely libraries in the former Canonry of Premonstratensians Hradisko near Olomouc, in the Benedictine Abbey in Rajhrad, in the monastery of Franciscans in Uherské Hradiště, in the monasteries of Minorites and Capuchins in Brno, in the Canonry of Premonstratensians in Nová Říše and in the former Premonstratensian Canonry Louka near Znojmo, where the library no longer exists, but its visual aspect is brought to use in the preserved library of the Premonstratensian Canonry at Strahov in Prague, called the Philosophical Hall, which was created as a replica of the Louka library. These monastic libraries are followed by the only one castle library in the (arch)bishop residence in Kroměříž.

The monograph is primarily focused on the reconstruction of the iconographic programs of the wall paintings in libraries, but also takes into account the style of the paintings, their authorship and last, but not least the iconography and iconology of the whole monastery (respective castle), where library halls are located. The iconographic themes in the Moravian libraries, in some cases decoded for the first time, are presented in the context of decoration of other Baroque monastic libraries in the Czech Republic as well in the Central Europe. Continue reading In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century

Call for papers: The heaven of the well-to-do citizen. Baroque ceiling painting in townhouses

Peace and Prosperity – both conditions for political stability and economic prosperity always determined the lifestyle of the upper middle classes and are reflected visually in the ceiling
frescoes of the 18 th. century. A speedily executed and therefore affordable medium, ceiling painting was apt for representations of complex subject matters supported by its vast surfaces.

The free imperial city of Augsburg provided ideal conditions. The trade in textiles or silver products flourished as well as banking. In Augsburg, the centre of publishing houses and printing, a rich supply of iconographic and compositional possibilities was available. The bi-confessionally ruled academy attracted many fresco painters from the surrounding territories. Therefore, Augsburg seems to be the ideal place for an interdisciplinary symposium on ceiling paintings in bourgeois houses within a European context.

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The new Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany

Stephan Hoppe and Ute Engel

Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland (CbDD). Erfassung, Analyse und digitale Publikation der architekturgebundenen Malerei (ca. 1550-1800) auf dem Gebiet der heutigen Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Academies´ Programme, Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Munich, 2015–2039

Project Director: Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

Teamleader Marburg: Prof. Dr. Hubert Locher, Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (DDK), Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Philipps Universität Marburg

Project Coordinator, Teamleader Munich: PD Dr. Ute Engel, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)

The new Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland (CbDD) started in 2015 as a long-term research project funded by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities (Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften) and intended to last for 25 years, i.e. until 2039. The project is directed by Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe (Munich) and consists of two work units:

one based at the Department of History of Art, Munich University (LMU);

one based at the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte (DDK) – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Department of History of Art, Marburg University.

The CbDD continues the former Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland, which was initiated by Prof. Dr. Hermann Bauer (†) and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rupprecht (†) in 1966 and undertook a survey of the baroque ceiling paintings in Upper Bavaria, published in 15 volumes 1976–2010. The project was guided by Prof. Dr. Frank Büttner (†) from 1994 to 2010. In 2012, Prof. Dr. Frank Büttner and his successor at the Institute of Art History at LMU University, Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe, together with Prof. Dr. Hubert Locher and Dr. Christian Bracht of the Philipps-Universität Marburg, applied successfully for the continuation of the CbDD within the German Academies´Programme.

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In the Shadow of Karel Škréta. Prague Painters in 1635–1680

Štěpán Vácha – 
Radka Heisslerová
Ve stínu Karla Škréty. Pražští malíři v letech 1635–1680: Antonín Stevens – Jan Bedřich Hess – Matěj Zimprecht

[In the Shadow of Karel Škréta. Prague Painters in 1635–1680. Anton Stevens – Johann Friedrich Hess – Matthias Zimprecht]

Prague, Academia, 2017; 662 pages, 280 colour photos, hardcover, ISBN 978-80-200-2801-3

In Czech language with an extensive English summary.

Painting in 17th century in Bohemia is generally associated with Karel Škréta (ca. 1610 – 1674) who is considered to be a major protagonist of the new, i.e. Baroque style in the country. Nevertheless, to admit such importance it is necessary to get known also with Škréta’s hitherto underestimated contemporaries active in Prague and Bohemia such as Anton Stevens (ca. 1608 – ca. 1675), Johann Friedrich Hess (ca. 1622 – 1673) and Matthias Zimprecht (1624–1680), born in Munich and 1650s trained in Italy. The recently issued book presents their lives and works, social and professional status, their paintings are discussed in mutual relations and to Škréta’s oeuvre.

Detail of the Ceiling Painting by Anton Stevens in the Sommerhouse of Strahov Monastery, ca. 1661

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Die Fresken von Joseph Mages (1728–1769): Zwischen barocker Frömmigkeit und katholischer Aufklärung

Angelika Dreyer
Die Fresken von Joseph Mages (1728–1769): Zwischen barocker Frömmigkeit und katholischer Aufklärung

Schnell & Steiner Verlag, 312 Seiten, 32 s/w Illustrationen, 52 farb. Illustrationen, Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-7954-3256-0, 76,– €

Joseph Mages (1728–1769) wurde wesentlich vom künstlerischen Umfeld der Augsburger Kunstakademie geprägt. Seine Fresken finden sich u.a. in den schwäbischen Pfarrkirchen von Dasing, Häder und Dillishausen, im elsässischen Benediktinerkloster Ebersmünster und im süddeutschen Raum im Zisterzienserinnenkloster Oberschönenfeld sowie im Birgitten-Doppelkloster von Altomünster. Die umfassende Studie von Angelika Dreyer schließt eine gravierende Lücke in der Erforschung der süddeutschen Barockmalerei. Der Fokus der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Oeuvre von Mages liegt dabei weniger in einer katalogartigen Erfassung und chronologisch-additiven Vorstellung der einzelnen Freskenprogramme. Vielmehr befasst sich das Buch mit der richtungsweisenden Auseinandersetzung der Reformbestrebungen der katholischen Aufklärung und wie sich diese in der Deckenmalerei von Mages niederschlägt.

Joseph Mages, Altomünster, Birgitten-Doppelkloster St. Alto, 1768/1769

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Die Welt im Dienst des Glaubens…

Marion Romberg
Die Welt im Dienst des Glaubens
Erdteilallegorien in Dorfkirchen auf dem Gebiet des Fürstbistums Augsburg im 18. Jahrhundert

628 pp., 125 b/w images, 16 b/w tab., 22 b/w drawings, 11 maps.
ISBN 978-3-515-11673-2


“There is no such thing as a religious free space!” Richard van Dülmen’s statement at the beginning of the third volume of his book “Kultur und Alltag in der Frühen Neuzeit” is decisive for the answer to the general question of this work, namely “How did the allegories of the four continents come into the village church?”  Originating in the courtly world of the 16th century, the iconography had its peak on the walls and ceilings of Southern German village churches around the middle of the 18th century. A quantitative survey discovered 310 allegories of the four continents in 273 different places in the Southern German region. Every second allegory can be found as part of the visual program of a village church. A remarkable density is encountered in the so-called Erdteilallegoriengürtel covering the area of Upper Swabia, Bavarian Swabia, and Upper and Lower Bavaria. The relevant theoretical model used was the one on cultural exchange processes.

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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: http://continentallegories.univie.ac.at

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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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

Die visuelle Kultur der Habsburgischen Repräsentation

Die visuelle Kultur der Habsburgischen Repräsentation – ein Forschungsschwerpunkt
des Instituts für Kunst- und Musikhistorische Forschungen an der ÖAW Wien

Werner Telesko / Herbert Karner

Das Generalthema des Schwerpunktes ist die visuelle Kultur der habsburgischen Repräsentation und der Versuch, diese in ihren unterschiedlichsten Ausformungen zu entschlüsseln. Unter „Repräsentation“ verstehen wir die Vergegenwärtigung von Abwesendem durch unterschiedliche Medien (z.B. durch Wappen, Bilder, Skulpturen, Medaillen, Deckenmalereien), aber auch durch symbolische Interaktion bzw. statische oder performative Kommunikation (Architektur, Raumordnung, Einzug des Herrschers, Fest). Im Zentrum steht dabei die Frage, in welcher Weise habsburgische Repräsentationsstrategien in Kunst und Architektur in den Österreichischen Erblanden sowie in den böhmischen Ländern und Ungarn zum Ausdruck kommen. Continue reading Die visuelle Kultur der Habsburgischen Repräsentation

BCPCE Annual Meeting, Munich 2016

Current Research on Baroque Ceiling Painting
in Europe

An international workshop “Current Research on Baroque Ceiling Painting in Europe”, including the Annual Meeting of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe, will take place in Munich, on October 5-7, 2016, organized by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Institut für Kunstgeschichte LMU, CbDD and BCPCE.

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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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