This fundamental research project based on primary sources stems from current (and probably limited duration) opportunities. For decades a range of depictions of Bohemian monasteries have been stored in closed depositories, inaccessible for research. They are now being retumed to newly-established monastic foundations (while also appearing in revisions of museum, archive and gallery depositories), this presenting an exceptionally advantageous moment for listing, documenting and evaluating them. This relates in particular to depictions of Early Modem period monastic complexes, when the first attempts at restoring and reconstructing such areas were made. Until very recently, it has been overlooked that iconographic sources of this kind are sources in themselves for an understanding of the medieval appearances of the sites depicted.
Annotated digital database of iconographic and geodetic sources for the structural histary of Bohemian monastic foundations
• (Principal) Investigator:
Doc. PhDr. Petr Sommer, CSc.
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monastery; history; architecture; iconography; database; source