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Ambrosiana Archive
"Of the 12,000 drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, descriptions for 5,085 drawings are currently available for on-line searching."
University of Notre Dame

BBC - Renaissance Secrets
"Renaissance Secrets goes on three, half hour quests of discovery to uncover some enduring mysteries of the Renaissance."
Episodes include: Mysteries of Marriage ; Riddle of the Dome ; Secret of the Winter Garden.
Sections include: What is History ; Doing History ; Links ; Venice: A Second Hand City ; The Italian Patient ; Conspiring Against the Queen ; What Did Gutenberg Invent?

Digital Scriptorium
A Prototype Image Database & Visual Union Catalog of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
"...was conceived as an image database of dated and datable medieval and renaissance manuscripts, intended to unite scattered resources into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It has evolved into a general union catalog designed for the use of paleographers, codicologists, art historians, textual scholars and other researchers."
Part of UC Berkeley - Sunsite

Electronic Renaissance- Images

The Enchanted Gardens of the Renaissance

[Gutenberg Bible] The Gutenberg Bible : Digitised Images
"The British Library has two complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible and a small but important fragment of a third copy. One copy, printed on paper, was transferred in 1829 to the British Library with the library of King George III (1738-1820). The other copy, printed on vellum, was bequeathed by Thomas Grenville (1755-1846)."
- The British Library

[Gutenberg Bible] Gutenberg Digital
The collection of Digitised Documents, includes all 1282 pages of both volumes, illuminated pages, the "Helmasperger Notarial Instrument", "Model Book" and more. There is also an impressive collection of resources recording Gutenberg and his Impact. In German or English with some biblical passages in French as well.

[Gutenberg Bible] University of Texas - Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

  • The Gutenberg Bible at the Ransom Center
    "The Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455. The Center's Bible was acquired in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States...For the first time, it is possible for the general public to view all of the pages from the University of Texas copy, including all of the large illuminated letters in volume I and the copious handwritten annotations, as well as other indications of the book's use in religious services."
    Sections include: The Book before Gutenberg ; Johann Gutenberg ; The Printing of the Bible ; The Spread of Printing ; The Appearance of the Bible ; Anatomy of a Page ; The Ransom Center Copy ; Selected Pages ; Digital Gutenberg Project ; Additional Resources.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - (dead link) (1499) (etext)
" one of the most puzzling, enigmatic and fascinating books ever conceived. Since its publication (1499), it has surprised its readers with its vast knowledge of architecture and landscape and garden design, but also engineering, painting and sculpture...The book is also a political manifesto defending the right of women to express their own sexuality and the superiority of Eros, beauty and knowledge over aggression and war."
"The editing of the electronic book is based on research published in Liane Lefaivreís Leon Battista Albertiís Hypnerotomachia Poliphili published by The MIT Press and coincides with its release."

Consortium of Art History and Humanities Libraries in Florence
"...represents a unique resource for scholarly research in the humanities. The focus is on art history (including references on art conservation and restoration) and the Renaissance in all its aspects (history, literature, philosophy, political theory, and music), with particular attention to scholarship on the Italian Renaissance."

Kunstform. Rezensionsjournal zur Kunstgeschichte - (dead link) (German)
Reviews on art history from the Renaissance to the Neoclassicism

[Michelangelo] The Digital Michelangelo Project
"Our goal is to produce a set of 3D computer models - one for each statue, architectural setting, and map fragment we scanned - and to make these models available to scholars worldwide."

National Gallery of Art Streaming Slideshows: The Adoration of the Magi [real player]
c. 1445 by Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi in Florentine.
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National Gallery of Art Tour - The Early Renaissance in Florence


Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination
    "Eighty manuscripts and cuttings from the collections of eleven Philadelphia-area institutions are assembled for the first time in this collaborative exhibition. Organized by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries, in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Leaves of Gold presents a wide variety of religious and secular works of art that represent the major manuscript centers of medieval and Renaissance Europe."

Venezia Cinquecento (Italian or English)
Studi di storia dell'arte e della cultura
A quarterly devoted to the study of Venetian art and culture history.

Web Museum: The Italian Renaissance (1420-1600)

Web Museum: The Northern Renaissance (1500-1615)

Web Museum: Baroque

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