The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590-1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma
- Host: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Other institutions involved: Archivio di Stato di Roma, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca
- URL: http://www.nga.gov/casva/accademia
- Main language: Italian
General description: The History of the Accademia di San
Luca, c. 1590-1635: Documents from the Archivio di
Stato di Roma is an open-access research database
which provides researchers, scholars, students and
others with the first comprehensive documentary
history of the founding years of the Accademia di
San Luca. Free text and guided searches by means of
drop-down menus yield results with complete
transcriptions of many new and previously
unpublished documentary materials, accompanied by a
digital image of the original document as well as a
summary in both English and Italian. The site also
features artist bibliographies and a growing
database of images associated with the early
history of the Accademia di San Luca and with its
members during the 16th and 17th centuries.
The searchable database of this Web site provides access to a complete transcription of every extant notarial record of the period from the Archivio di Stato di Roma identified by the project team, as well as a digital image of the original document. The transcriptions and page images are viewable side by side.
The transcriptions are encoded in Extensible Markup Language (XML) following the guidelines of the Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI) for digital encoding of literary and linguistic texts (http://www.tei-c.org). The transcriptions may be searched by personal name (under all known variant spellings), place name, key term, document type, notary name, and year. The documents included are not only newly available to students and scholars of early modern Italy, but are also accessible in a way that both promotes their use and allows for the identification of additional archival material.
Implementation description: We used TEI tagsets specific to manuscript material, personal names, and place names. Our programmer implemented Perl script to batch process the documents from MSWord to XHTML to XML to HTML. We tagged the XML files in TEI according to the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 Guidelines (November 2007).
Copyright information: Copyright, 2009. Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. Publicly accessible for non-commercial use.
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