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Earlier Research Projects

Andean Studies_Overseer with quipucamayo

Overseer with quipucamayo of an Inca storehouse. From Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Nueva corónica y buen gobierno, 1936 (c. 1615), p. 335. Royal Library of Denmark

This project was directed by Joanne Pillsbury, formerly assistant dean of CASVA and now Andrall E. Pearson Curator in the department of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The three-volume reference work, published in 2008, supports research on the pre-Hispanic, viceregal, and early republican periods of the Andean region of South America. The work is intended for scholars in anthropology, history, archaeology, art history, and related disciplines. It includes 29 thematic essays and 186 biographical and bibliographical entries reflecting contributions from 125 scholars in 19 countries. Copublished by the National Gallery of Art and the University of Oklahoma Press, the guide addresses key texts of the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries concerning the region defined by the extent of the Inca Empire (modern Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and parts of Colombia, Argentina, and Chile). A Spanish translation is in preparation.

Architectural Drawings Advisory Group / Foundation for Documents of Architecture


Claude Gillot, Studies of Ornament and Architecture, c. 1710, pen and brown ink on traces of graphite on laid paper. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Woodner Collection, Gift of Andrea Woodner

In 1983 CASVA convened an international group of architectural drawings specialists representing major repositories in North America and Europe to build consensus concerning cataloguing standards for architectural drawings. ADAG explored how a network might be established to apply guidelines for descriptive cataloguing in both electronic and printed form. In 1986 the Foundation for Documents of Architecture (FDA), a nonprofit corporation, was founded by several ADAG members to promote ADAG’s recommendations in an automated cataloguing environment and to translate ADAG’s recommended standards into published guidelines. In 1994 ADAG and the FDA published A Guide to the Description of Architectural Drawings by Vicki Porter and Robin Thornes with G. K. Hall & Company on behalf of the Getty Art History Information Program. Henry A. Millon initiated and led ADAG and also served as president of the FDA (1986–1992).

The Italian Architectural Drawings Project Collection (IADPC)


Attributed to Pietro Righini, scenography. London, The British Museum, © The Trustees of the British Museum

The Italian Architectural Drawings Photograph Collection (IADPC) was assembled under the direction of CASVA’s founding dean, Henry A. Millon, for the photographic archives of the National Gallery of Art Library. The collection of approximately 45,000 photographs and 350 manuscripts on microfilm documents drawings made before 1800 of Italian architecture from repositories around the world. The artists and draftsmen who produced these drawings are not exclusively Italian, but come from throughout Europe. The architectural drawings fall into various categories, such as working, project, and presentation drawings; views, panoramas, travel sketches, treatises, architectural details, and architectural ornament. Also included are drawings from related fields in which the influence of architecture is pronounced and where the designers frequently were architects, for example shipbuilding, carriage and furniture design, and gold and silverware. The IADPC photographs may be consulted by scholars in the National Gallery of Art Library department of image collections.