Wednesday, November 18, 2020

ICAR: Iconography and archeology for pre-Roman Italy

Icar assembles objects from pre-Roman Italy (Etruscan, Italic and Italiote from the 8th century BC to the Hellenistic period) with figured scenes.

It brings together an abundant iconographic (descriptions, photographs, drawings and modern engravings) and bibliographic documentation, focusing on the archaeological and artistic context, the history of the collections and the interpretation of the figured scenes. A presentation of the objectives and goals of Icar database can be found here.

Three complete corpora are presented :

  • pre-Roman painting : Etruscan, Campanian and Apulian frescoes
  • archaic reliefs from Chiusi
  • hydriae from Cerveteri

as well as complete collections of modern and contemporary graphic documentation :

  • watercolors, tracing copies and facsimiles of Augusto Guido Gatti (first quarter of the 20th century) for the Galleria della pittura etrusca in facsimile of the Archaeological Museum of Florence
  • within the programme "Fac-simile. Graphic Documentation and Museums of Etruscan Painting" conducted by the French School of Rome and the CeTHiS of the U-Tours, ICAR serves as a common portal for networking the various international graphic archive collections on Etruscan painting

Two search modes are offered :

  • Icar, for pre-Roman figured scenes
  • IcarDoc, for reproductions (graphic and photographic documentation) illustrating pre-Roman figured scenes

The programm is conceived and directed by Natacha Lubtchansky, Professor at the François-Rabelais University of Tours - CeTHiS, the computerization carried out by Sylvain Mottet and the Digital Workshop of the Maison des sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire, and the scientific recording of the data is placed under the responsibility of Annick Fenet, AOROC-ENS-Paris.

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