One of the key objectives of the Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany (CbDD) project is the comprehensive photographic documentation of wall and ceiling paintings in the Federal Republic of Germany, spanning from around 1550 to 1800. These photographic campaigns are planned by the project's office in Marburg, the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (DDK), and executed in close collaboration with researchers and a team of skilled photographers.
A team of professional freelance architectural photographers, as well as photographers from the DDK, have dedicated their expertise and efforts since autumn 2015 to capture the grandeur of baroque castles and their interiors, including the intricate ceiling and wall paintings, through both comprehensive shots and detailed close-ups. Equipped with state-of-the-art digital photographic and lighting equipment, the participating photographers meticulously prepare each setup, ensuring the utmost precision, and directly verify the results on their laptops.
Following the digital processing stage, the photographs are carefully cataloged at the DDK, archived, enriched with metadata, and made accessible to the public through the portal of the Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur. Leveraging the power of digital technology, these photographs often reveal details that surpass what the naked eye can perceive, offering a captivating glimpse into the splendor of baroque artistry.