Este Court Archive

Este Court Archive

This was a 'proof of concept' project that tested the idea of a virtual reunion of the collections of art and artifacts commissioned by, and created for, the Este Family of Ferrara, Italy during the Renaissance.

Working with a team of Renaissance art scholars, Angela designed the database schema and cataloguing guidelines; recommended vocabulary standards for classification terms, descriptive techniques, and bibliographic citations; and advised the technical team in its development of a search and retrieval strategy. The repository was developed to accommodate five languages: Italian, German, Czech, French, and English. The variety of collections was extensive and included paintings, works on paper, musical instruments, jewelry, sculpture, and much more.

Participating museums included: Musée du Louvre, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden Museen Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Národni Galerí v Praze, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Museo del Castello di Ferrara, and the archives of the Castello Estensi. CINECA provided programming and technical support. The European Commission's Culture 2000 Program provided funding.