Image database of the Plaster Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture of the Academic Art Museum of the University of Bonn

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Prof. Dr. Reinhard Förtsch, Prof. Dr. Henner von Hesberg

The Plaster Cast Collection of the Academic Art Museum of the University of Bonn is gradually being photographically documented and transferred into Arachne since 1998. That way the technical emphases of the Archaeological Institutes of Cologne and Bonn can be brought closer together by two facilities that are marked by the Roman and Greek art in a very significant way: The Plaster Cast Collection of Bonn and the CoDArchLab in Cologne. The Plaster Cast Collection of Bonn is one of the greatest in Europe, whereas the CoDArchLab possesses the greatest specialized photo-collection in the realm of ancient sculpture.
Within the province of Greek art, archaeological research and teaching would gain access to an important resource from the University of Bonn.
The desired collimation does not only combine the images and the data of Greek and Roman sculpture, the media also complement each other and are used as basic tools for educational purposes along with photographs. Although casts have the advantage of being three-dimensional physical copies, it is a lot easier to collect photographs, thus permitting a higher density for documentation and creating comparative rows. Often it is easier to take pictures of the essential side- and back view of a copy of a monument than the original. Plaster casts are able to reflect the round plastic form of an antique monument more accurately than photographs, since the shading is difficult to calculate. Illuminated and photographed under consistent circumstances, they often provide valuable information concerning certain research problems. Moreover, comparing them amongst themselves may offer more accurate relations than by heterogeneous photographs. Therefore it is most desirable to exploit both media in their complex form with their different complimentary characteristics for teaching.
Estimated end of project: 2010