Under the direction of Associate Dean Peter M. Lukehart, this project is designed to provide the first institutional history of the foundation of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.
Drawing from original statutes, proceedings of meetings, ledger books, and court records, the project brings together a large number of previously unpublished documentary materials with relevant secondary sources. Conceived as two complementary tools, the database of documentation on the website and the printed volume of interpretive studies, The Accademia Seminars: The Early History of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, c. 1590–1635, sheds light on the foundation, operation, administration, and financial management of the fledgling academy from its origins in the late sixteenth century to its consolidation as a teaching institution with its own important church designed by Pietro da Cortona in the 1630s.
The database of documents on the website The History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635: Documents from the Archivio di Stato di Roma provides access to transcriptions of extant notarial records related to the Accademia in the Archivio di Stato, as well as to digital images of the original documents, allowing for line-by-line comparisons. A zoom function enables close inspection of the digital images. Visitors can explore the contents of the documents using guided and faceted search by artist’s name, key words, document type, notary’s name, and document date. Summaries in English and Italian of the documents are also provided. Search results for artists yield bibliographies, and a growing number of related images are available both from the National Gallery of Art collections and from themed carousels.