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Complete, Searchable Online Edition of Sandrart’s Teutsche Academie Now Available

A collaborative project called has put online the complete contents, with all illustrations, of one of the most important sources in art history, the Teutsche Academie der Edlen Bau-, Bild- und Mahlerey-Künste published by the German artist Joachim von Sandrart (1608-88) between 1675 and 1680. Since Sandrart lived in the Netherlands on and off from the 1620s to the 1640s and knew Dutch and Flemish art and artists well, this extraordinary resource will be of invaluable worth to all specialists in Dutch and Flemish art.

Announcement by the project group, 16 November 2008, the Internet-based interdisciplinary research platform on the history of art and culture in the 17th century, goes online. The cooperation project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), has published the first version of the annotated online edition of Joachim von Sandrart¹s "Teutsche Academie" on the Internet at The "Teutsche Academie der Edlen Bau-, Bild- und Mahlerey-Künste", published by Joachim von Sandrart (1606-1688) between 1675 and 1680, the first encyclopaedic work on the history of art written in German, is considered to be one of the most important source texts of the early modern period.

It contains comprehensive biographies of artists, theoretical chapters on the three arts, a translation of the Ovid Metamorphoses Paraphrase by Karel van Mander, as well as a translation of Vincenzo Cartari’s "Imagini de i Dei de gli antichi" with new illustrations. The online edition allows full access to the transcribed text and the numerous copperplate engravings in the "Teutsche Academie". This makes the work available to a wide audience for the first time in its entirety and in searchable form.

The text can by accessed by "virtually browsing the pages", through the table of contents or using a full-text search. An illustrated catalogue of all works of art mentioned forms the start, which accompanies the text; this is continuously being extended. Furthermore, the text is equipped with an index of persons and place names and therefore allows the reader to draw conclusions about the works, for example on their ownership and who commissioned them. A search that tolerates spelling variations for persons and places is provided and allows users to actually work with the text; persistent addresses ensure that citations are possible (PURL). sees itself as an interdisciplinary research platform on the history of art and culture in the 17th century. In the near future, interested scholars will receive a "call for annotations" inviting them to add their comments to the online edition. Work on this edition started in April 2007 and will continue over the next three years.

Online edition: project, is­ a cooperation project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The participating institutions are:
Kunstgeschichtliches Institut der Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz (Max Planck Institute)
Bibliotheca Hertziana Rom. Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Université de Montpellier
Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Project leader: Anna Schreurs (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence ­Max Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte

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Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz ­ Max-Planck-Institut Contact person: Dr. Anna Schreurs, e-mail:

Kunstgeschichtliches Institut der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Contact Person: Thorsten Wübbena M.A., e-mail: