The Museo Maffeiano online-edition

to the engravings of the Museo Maffeiano

with texts from Dr. Annamaria Pastorino, in cooperation with the


funded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation

The Museo Maffeiano, named after its initiator Scipione Maffei, was opened in Verona in the year of 1744 as a public museum which was now not exclusively meant for the noble circle anymore. Scipione Maffei mainly collected epigraphic monuments, that were displayed in porticos around a courtyard. Since many monuments are connected to reliefs, it so happens that Maffei created an extensive collection of ancient sculpture. Maffei published a book illustrating and describing the various monuments in his collection, which is well suited for database-supported online-facsimile-edition. This online-edition does not represent a mere graphical rendition but aims to reflect a scientifically based preparation of the state of research. Clicking onto objects on the virtual facsimile interface activates database-access to the scientific information on each sculpture. This allows the attribution of the constantly developing state of research to the precise object in the Museo Maffeiano. Additionaly, a dense modern photographic documention of the sculptures illustrated in Maffeis work is to be created. Thus, trough the combination of database technology and graphical facsimile interface, a broader use of Maffeis work is being striven. In a time of declining library budgets, this offers the possibility of a free worldwide access to the rare engravings.

The realization of this project would not have been possible without the help of several institutions. Sincere thanks are given to all. The generous funding of the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation enables the product, the online-edition of the Museo Maffeiano, to be accessed publicly for free. The CoDArchLab of the University of Cologne along with its Faculty of Philosophy has also significantly contributed to the project. The programming was conducted by Jochen Honds, Falk Adolphs as well as Florian Willems, who was also responsible for the coordination of the project and the editorial supervision. Advice concerning photography and technical support were rendered by Volker Theuss. The index was created by Alexandra Busch. Thanks also to Dr. Margeritha Bolla from the Museo Lapidario Maffeiano di Verona, whose cooperation was essential for the realization of the project.

Reinhard Förtsch