Usage information on the index of works of art

Across all volumes of the “Teutsche Academie”, all works of art that Sandrart mentions or describes are marked in the text. Only those lives that Sandrart translated in full from Vasari, Van Mander, Ridolfi, Neudörffer, De Bie or Baglione are excluded from this because in this case we must assume that he did not examine the pictures himself. (However, we should add that even in the lives that Sandrart wrote himself, the works of art were often described on the basis of copper engravings rather than the originals. This is becoming increasingly evident as the number of entries in the index of works of art grows.)

In those cases in which a work of art is first described in a passage of text that Sandrart translated (from Vasari or Van Mander) and then subsequently appears in a separate description written by Sandrart, we added both descriptions to the index of works of art to allow better comparison of the “source” with Sandrart’s “own words” (for example, Hans Holbeins “The Triumph of Wealth”).

Accordingly, the index of works of art focuses on Sandrart’s own paintings (for the most part shown in colour for the first time), works mentioned in those lives that were written by Sandrart himself, and the pictures mentioned in Sandrart’s biography.

The second part, the Italian and German works of art, are also being edited. In addition, Sandrart’s copper engravings from the volumes of the “Teutsche Academie” are being added, for which special attention will be given to the selection and composition of the ancient works, above all with regard to a cooperation with the “Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance” in Berlin. All antique works of art that can be seen in one of the copper engravings will also be recorded in those text passages that had been written by others (Serlio, Vasari, to name only two), but were translated by Sandrart.

Information About the Search

You can enter one or more terms in the search field, enclose phrases in quotation marks and exclude undesired terms by preceding them with a minus sign (hyphen). In each of these cases, the system searches for those works of art for which the title and/or the one of the artists’ names matches the entry.

In addition, the search terms are also found within words—the entries Himmelfahrt, immelfa or fahrt would therefore find results including Sandrart’s work Die Himmelfahrt Mariae (The Assumption of Mary).

Furthermore, the search is not case-sensitive.

Some examples of search queries:

  • paul: All entries that contain “paul” in the title or the artist’s name; for example Wachsbildnis des Dr. Paul Freher (Wax effigy of Dr. Paul Freher) and all works by Peter Paul Rubens
  • paul heilig: As above, with two search terms
  • paul -rubens: All occurrences of “Paul”, but excluding entries that contain “Rubens”
  • "und pauli": Searches for the phrase “und pauli” and therefore finds the picture Trennung Petri und Pauli (Parting of Petri and Pauli)