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Photo campaign in a deserted stairwell in Würzburg

The corpus of the Baroque ceiling painting in Germany of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften was able to photograph Tiepolo's frescoes in the staircase of the Würzburg Residenz during the closure due to corona.  

A special thanks goes to the Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, which made this photo campaign possible and gave us the unique opportunity to photograph the deserted staircase of the Würzburg Residenz.

Business trip with mask

Jens Fachbach travels to Mainz for his research, in order to visit the Landesdenkmalamt there. The headquarters of the Landesdenkmalpflege department is located in the Erthaler Hof, where this selfie was created. 

Photo campaign in Saxony: Behind the scenes

Uwe Gaasch takes photographs for the corpus of baroque ceiling paintings in Germany in the Hoflössnitz in Radebeul. The wall and ceiling painting of the Lusthaus of the Saxon Electors was made by Albert Eckhout and Centurio Weibel and dates from 1650 to 1656.

NFDI4Culture starts: BAdW represented with two projects

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences is represented with two research projects in the new consortium NFDI4Culture: The Corpus of Baroque ceiling paintings in Germany and the Critical Edition of the Works of Richard Strauss.

The consortium is led by the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz (ADW Mainz). On 26 June, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) approved the application submitted by an association of various academies, universities and cultural heritage institutions. With NFDI4culture, the cooperation between the academies will be strengthened sustainably at the operational level.

"The national strategy for research data infrastructure and especially the NFDI4culture offer great opportunities for the corpus of baroque ceiling painting in Germany in terms of research data re-use, data analysis and the provision of 3D data. This will bring considerable simplifications and improvements, especially for the digitally launched academy projects such as the Corpus".

(Matteo Burioni, Project Coordinator CbDD)

See the Press release "NFDI4Culture" of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences

Testing Mozilla Hubs


In cooperation with the Leibniz Computing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (LRZ), the corpus of baroque ceiling paintings in Germany is testing Mozilla Hubs for the virtual visit of our 3D reconstruction of the Bamberg Kaisersaal.



First virtual selfie by Prof. Dr. Ute Verstegen (FAU Erlangen) and Dr. Georg Hohmann (Deutsches Museum) in the 3D reconstruction of the Bamberg Kaisersaal in Mozilla Hubs.

Announcement of the conference proceedings Herrenhausen

Deckenmalerei um 1700 in Europa - Höfe und Residenzen

published by Stephan Hoppe, Heiko Laß and Herbert Karner

Whether in Northern or Southern Europe - numerous baroque residences show the visitor on ceilings and walls in imposing paintings fields of action of princely government and the illusion of a better reality. The volume shows in a profound way how almost all of Europe's important dynasties used these paintings as an important instrument of self-representation.

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Ulrike Seeger: 

"Schloss Ludwigsburg und die Formierung eines reichsfürstlichen Gestaltungsanspruchs" 

Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the most magnificently appointed baroque palaces in Europe. This book is dedicated to the question of how the building, begun by Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg in 1704, achieved its astonishingly high artistic and conceptual level despite difficult conditions. How was it possible to find out what was needed to meet other princes of the empire on an equal footing in terms of construction and furnishings? Artists' networks, courtly prints, but above all the continuous orientation towards higher-ranking courts within and outside of the imperial association paved the way, which can be traced in detail thanks to the very good sources available. In addition to the overall layout of palace and garden, which was consistently hierarchically structured by Johann Friedrich Nette, the imperial princely design of the interior, which is reconstructed in large parts for the period up to 1716 for the first time in this book, was also evident.

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"Pax et Pecunia – Barocke Deckenmalerei in Augsburger Bürgerhäusern"

The Corpus has started a cooperation with the research and exhibition project "Pax et Pecunia - Barocke Deckenmalerei in Augsburger Bürgerhäusern" led by Prof. Dr. Andrea Gottdang (University of Augsburg) and Dr. Angelika Dreyer (CbDD). The results of the Augsburg project will be published on the publication database of the Corpus.

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Research has to go on

In the Corona crisis, the corpus of baroque ceiling painting in Germany continues to work as a distributed digital project. The team uses video conferences, digital messengers and labour administration to communicate and plan their collaboration. Our goal is to launch our new publication platform as quickly as possible, which will provide a digital access to the cultural heritage of Germany. 

A thank you for the compliments from Cambridge

Dr. Aleksandra Koutny-Jones from the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) at the University of Cambridge compliments the English version of our homepage on Twitter during the corona crisis.

"In die Freiheit entlassen. Tiepolo und die Deckenmalerei"


The lecture by PD Dr. Matteo Burioni took place on the 27th february in the Hamburger Kunsthalle as a special event for the exhibition Goya, Fragonard, Tiepolo - Die Freiheit der Malerei.  


Link to the event here

Tiepolo und die Deckenmalerei: lecture by Prof. Dr Stephan Hoppe and PD Dr Matteo Burioni

As part of the current Tiepolo exhibition in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the study day on Saturday will also be devoted entirely to the artist: 

"Tiepolo und seine Welt: Studientag und Podiumsgespräch"

Tiepolo's painting opens up pictorial spaces full of light and colour. But in which worlds did the artist operate? Well-known researchers from the history of art and music open up new perspectives on Tiepolo's life and work. The artist's fantastic pictorial inventions are illuminated, as is the music that accompanied him in Venice and Würzburg. A further contribution uncovers Tiepolo's traces in Germany, which extend as far as Ludwigsburg Palace. The concluding discussion of the artist will focus on the question of Tiepolo's modernity: what can his paintings still tell us today? 

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1 to 5 pm 

About the programme

Invitation to the Salon Sophie Charlotte in Berlin

Weltbilder: This is the theme of this year's Salon Sophie Charlotte in Berlin, organized by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the corpus of Baroque ceiling painting is also represented. For more information see https://salon.bbaw.de/home/

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 6 to 12 pm

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Announcement: Performance of the CbDD in the broadcast of the BR

The film by the Bayerischer Rundfunk about long-term research will be broadcast on ARD alpha on Monday, December 2 at 8:15 pm. The corpus of Germany's baroque ceiling paintings was allowed to participate in the documentary and provides exciting insights into the everyday work of an art historical research project in a digital world.

Now in the media library of the BR: Wissenschaft mit langem Atem - Was bringt Langzeitforschung?

Lecture: Dr. Heiko Laß: „Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe“ – Die Weihnachtsgeschichte in der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland

On the ceilings of numerous churches and monasteries there are various scenes and representations of the Christmas story. Especially the adoration of the shepherds and the Three Kings were popular motifs in early modern times. Sometimes it is late at night and only a few people can be seen, but sometimes it is as bright as day or there are crowds of angels in the sky and crowds of people on earth. But also the annunciation or the offering in the temple have been painted by the artists again and again on walls and ceilings. Depending on the season, Dr. Heiko Laß, research assistant in the project Corpus of Baroque ceiling painting, guides us through the Christmas story with the help of various examples.

Monday, December 2nd, 2019, 7:30 pm

Rittersaal auf der Wasserburg

About the programme

FAZ interviews Laura Albers

Our research assistant Laura Albers visits the Residence of Ellingen in Franconia and presents her dissertation project, which is part of the research project "Corpus of Baroque ceiling painting in Germany" at the LMU Munich under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe. The FAZ accompanied her on the tour. 

You will find the whole interview "Wie malte man gute Kriege?" here.   

Budapest and Warschau – Lectures by Dr. Angelika Dreyer

Dr. Angelika Dreyer will give a lecture on "Akademischen Reformen und barocker Freskomalerei" at the international workshop "Neue Forschungen zur barocken Deckenmalerei" and the annual meeting of the Baroque ceiling painting group of central Europe (BCPCE) in Budapest from 31 May to 2 June. You can find more information here.

On June 5th the lecture on "Katholischen Aufklärung und ihre Reflexion in der visuellen Kultur der barocken Deckenmalerei in Süddeutschland" will follow. Dr. Angelika Dreyer will speak here in the course of the "Internationalen Methodenkonferenz" at the University of Warsaw.
You can find more information here.

„Der Stil muss deutlich, einfach und verständlich sein!“ – Lecture at the Collegium historiae artium

Dr. Angelika Dreyer speaks on April 24, 2019 in Prague, at the Collegium historiae artium, about the frescoes of Joseph Mages (1728 - 1769) and the Catholic Enlightenment in the Diocese of Augsburg.

The pictorial implementation of the iconography of the cross passed through an interesting development in South German ceiling painting. About the middle of the 18th century a change can be observed here: It leads away from the narrative depictions of the themes of the Finding of the Cross and the Exaltation of the Cross, which are decisive in the fraternal festival calendar, or the eventful depiction of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Instead, a turn towards the painterly implementation of Christ's crucifixion is now evident, in which the piety of Christ and the implementation of devotional themes play a decisive role.
The fresco by Joseph Mages in the parish church of Dillishausen shows in an exemplary way how the enlightened renewal movement towards post-Tridentine piety practice found its way into the content and formal design. All in all, the diocese of Augsburg proved to be an essential centre for the artistically relevant implementation of the reform efforts of the Catholic Enlightenment, which were initiated to a large extent by Lodovio Antonio Muratori (1672-1750).
More information here

Baroque architecture in 3D

Teaching staff face up to digital teaching methods in the arts

On November 17, 2018, doko18 in Munich offered the lecture and workshop "KLÄREN – Digitale Medien nutzen – 3D-Modellierung des Klärens und (Nach-)Gestaltens barocker Architektur" in the context of the section "III: Rezeptionsangebote" moderated by Dr. Barbara Lutz-Sterzenbach and Prof. Dr. Frank Schulz. The speakers PD Dr. Ute Engel (LMU, Institute for Art History) and Dr. Karin Guminski (LMU, Institute for Art Education, Art and Multimedia) began by reporting on their joint seminar, in which they and students* of art history and art and multimedia virtually recreated the chamber orchestra of the Electress in Schleißheim Palace in 3D. For this purpose, the students photographed the room on site and later reconstructed it on the computer using various software. The result was presented at the LRZ in the CAVE, a room with 5-sided projections, which presented the chapel in three dimensions for viewers with the help of special glasses.

After the report, many interested questions about the applicability of 3D model technology were asked in an open discussion round. Which are the new insights for the art history resulting from this possibility? What perspective differences arise in a virtual view as opposed to an analogue view? How can it really offer students easier access to old buildings and works of art? And how can students create a 3D image themselves?

The last of these questions was finally answered during the workshop. The former art and multimedia students Elisabeth Mayer and Kristian Weinand explained to the teachers how to build a convincingly detailed 3D-model of a real object with a mobile phone camera and the program "Autodesk Recap Photo", which is free of charge for teaching institutions. The teachers were able to see this object three-dimensionally with a cardboard and their mobile phone and could take a manual home with them to try it out for themselves, or rather, to take it to school. A greater digitalisation of school lessons seems to be inevitable in the future. However, the fact that the technology for this is already available on smart phones for almost all pupils today must first be made clear to the teaching generation in order to be able to benefit from it. And even if some of the participants were still sceptical about the topic, the large attendance and the never-ending discussion showed the great interest of the teachers in the interface between art, technology and pedagogy.
text: Melissa Dietzel (student, study course art and multimedia, LMU Munich)

The 3D-model of the Bamberger Kaisersaal presented again

On September 24, 2018, the new SuperMUC-NG was ceremonially commissioned at the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften by Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder, Science Minister Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle and Academy President Prof. Dr. Thomas Höllmann. The 3D-model of the Bamberger Kaisersaal, which was developed by the Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei (CbDD) together with Bernhard Strackenbrock from the company "illustrated architecture" and the LRZ, was also presented in the CAVE.

The 3D model of the Bamberger Kaisersaal was also on display in the exhibition "Lust der Täuschung" at the Kunsthalle Munich, which was shown from 17 August 2018 to 13 January 2019. The exhibition dealt with optical illusions and visual subtleties within the performing arts. A multitude of exhibits from different areas, such as sculpture, architecture, design, fashion and even spatially experienceable virtual reality art, offered the viewer penetrating insights into the "(art)-history of illusion and appearance". The illusionistic means of deceiving the eye in baroque ceiling painting are explained in an essay by project coordinator PD Dr. Ute Engel in the exhibition catalogue.

Akademie Aktuell Nr. 64/2018

A further issue of the publication magazine "Akademie Aktuell" informs about new, current topics in science. In the newly published issue the topic of virtual reality and visualization is addressed. The science project "Corpus of baroque ceiling painting in Germany" also deals with this topic. Thus, the wall and ceiling paintings are not only documented photographically, but also published digitally. The different recording techniques and image processing, as well as the two-dimensional form of presentation are important for the presentation of the image material. Download

Photo Campaigns

Making of: The new photo campaigns for the Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany (CbDD) are organized by the research team at Bildarchiv Foto Marburg - DDK on site and in close collaboration with the team of photographers: Preparations for the ideal lighting of the Kaisersaal in the residential palace of Bamberg (November 2015). Read more