Brazil Photo Collection Project

Ana Paula Salvat, M.A.

The project Brazil Photo Collection Project consists of researching and generating metadata of approximately 3,500 photos of Brazilian artworks and architecture structures to compose an online art history database. This collection was created by Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen during field study trips to the Brazilian cities of Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Congonhas, Mariana, Ouro Preto, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and São Paulo. These trips took place from 2005 to 2016 and were partly funded by the Getty Foundation. The current research aims to investigate the authorship of the objects, including their biographical data, ownership, title, period of production, materiality, technique, dimensions, information about destruction or conservation, location of the building or artwork, the indication of bibliographical sources, provenance, and artworks participation in exhibitions. The metadata has been produced according to a new art historical Conceptual Reference Model ontology of the International Committee for Documentation of the International Council of Museums (CIDOC-CRM) developed by the Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI), in Zurich. The database will enable the search of images and data of significant artworks, architecture, and cultural institutions, providing reliable tools for students and researchers in the field of Brazilian art and architectural history.

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