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Call for Papers: Historic Libraries and the Early Historiography of Art

Seeking papers for a session on "Historic Libraries & the Early Historiography of Art" at the CAA Annual Conference 2019 in New York, February 13 - 16, 2019. For more information see Call for Papers. Deadline for papers: August 6 2018

ARLIS UK & IRELAND 2018: Museum libraries and library history

On Friday July 27th 2018 Jonathan Franklin (The National Gallery, London) is giving a talk on "Museum libraries and library history: joining the research conversation at the National Gallery". He will present the “founding library” of the National Gallery in London acquired in 1870 from the widow of its first Director, Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865), and touch amongst others on the library of Sir Eastlake's contemporary, Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834).

Cicognara at IIIF

Roger Lawson (National Gallery of Art) and Esmé Cowles (Princeton University Library) presented on various aspects of the project at the 2018 IIIF Conference in Washington, DC. Roger presented an overview of the project as part of the session Uses of IIIF at the National Gallery of Art, and Esmé discussed how the Digital Cicognara Library fits into Princeton's overall IIIF ecosystem in the session IIIF Integration Between (and Within) Applications (slides).

Comparison of the Eastlake Library and the Cicognara Library

Please note the advertisement for the PhD Studentship: 'Art history scholarship between the 1820s and the 1870s: the role of the Eastlake Library at the National Gallery' with the National Gallery, London, and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Cicognara at ARLIS/NA

Alexandra Büttner and Roger Lawson (National Gallery of Art) will host a project update and open partners meeting at ARLIS/NA's 46th Annual Conference in New York.

Cicognara Symposium in Rome, 5 October 2017

The Digital Cicognara Library: An Open-Access Collection of the Early Literature of Art

Please join the partners and a panel of Cicognara scholars to discuss the project’s current status and its aspirations as a tool for discovery and research. 15:00-18:30 with reception following, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ROME, AURIANA AUDITORIUM, Via Pietro Roselli 16, 00153 Roma RM


  • Timothy Janz, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
  • Adriano Aymonino, University of Buckingham
  • Francesco Benelli, Università di Bologna
  • Jeanne-Marie Musto, City University of New York
  • Silvia Vantaggiato, Università del Salento
  • Esmé Cowles, Princeton University
  • Sandra Ludig Brooke, Princeton University

Cicognara at ARLIS/NA

Sandra Brooke (Princeton) and Roger Lawson (National Gallery of Art) will host a project update and open partners meeting at ARLIS/NA's 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisana.

Cicognara at DLF

Princeton's Sandra Brooke (Marquand Librarian) and Jon Stroop (Library Applications Development Manager) will be discussing the Digital Cicognara Library on November 7, 2016, in a IIIF-focused session at the Digital Library Federation Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "Uncommon Objects of Delight: Recreating Count Leopoldo Cicognara's Library" will address the DCL’s academic goals and technical implementation and show how the project is leveraging Blacklight and the International Interoperability Framework technologies.

Cicognara at IFLA

Worth a Thousand Words: A Global Perspective on Image Description, Discovery, and Access, a full day symposium at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, August 15, 2016, was the setting for a Cicognara talk by Kathleen Salomon (Assistant Director, Getty Research Institute) and Sandra Brooke (Marquand Librarian, Princeton). "These Silent Witnesses of My Affections: A Collaborative Recreation of Count Leopoldo Cicognara’s Library" described the projects scope and aims and set it within the context of the Future of Art Bibliography and Getty Portal initiatives.

Vatican library
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican Museums. Courtesy Scala / Art Resource, NY