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The Institute of Art History in Florence, Italy, (KHI) digitized the main parts of the numismatic literature in its library, from Andrea Fulvio to Francesco Angeloni, as well as books from other libraries, and created the "Digital Corpus of Numismatic Books in Early Modern Times" on its website, which can be consulted free of charge. Currently you will find there 35 numismatic volumes mainly from the 16th century. In each book the ancient coins as well as very often also the places and persons are annotated. You can browse through all books and read them in digitized or transliterated form.
The Numismatic Collection in Berlin, the largest coin collection in Germany, provided the opportunity to study the original coins and thus to verify the literary tradition. The Numismatic Collection described and took photos of all its coins from Caesar to Domitian and presents them online in the interactive catalogue.
The literature of the 16th and the early 17th century on ancient coins, digitized by the KHI, was analyzed within the Census Project. The focus was on the emissions from Gaius Iulius Caesar to the end of the Flavian dynasty. The reproductions and descriptions of the coins by antiquaries were integrated in the database of the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance, and the data-files were linked with the full texts. The reproductions of the Renaissance were confronted with the verified original ancient coin types which mainly are to be found in the Numismatic Collection in Berlin. On this basis the methods of numismatic research in early modern times could be analyzed.
This project focused on the history of the Roman Empire as well as on the 16th century and examined the approach to classical antiquity in the Renaissance. The new digital corpus of the numismatic literature of early modern times, the extension of the database of the Berlin Coin Collection and the establishment of the Census of ancient coins known in the Renaissance offers rich research material to the international scientific community and initiated further studies in the fields of art history, numismatics and archaeology. We hope to continue the projects with further relevant literature and invite all to take part. Try out and have a look at these interrelated databases which are to be further complemented and upgraded!
We are happy that the new Strada project will also use the Census database for their coin entries. The Census is a perfect starting point for all research on the reception of antiquity in the Renaissance! Go to www.census.de!
Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
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