The Matrix Reloaded: Establishing Cataloguing & Research Guidelines for Artefacts of Printing Images
The material turn in fields that rely on historical printed material has led to interest in how material was—and is—produced. Those objects (cut woodblocks, etched/engraved metal plates, lithographic stones) could be fundamental to research. Tens of thousands survive from the last 500 years, but many are inaccessible because they do not fit into the cataloguing structures and controlled vocabularies used by the libraries, archives and museums that hold them. Even the basic term is debated: to book historians/in libraries, pieces of type are multiples cast from a matrix (mould); to artists and art historians/in museums, those types are matrices (and the sheets printed from them the multiples).
Given the new possibilities to catalogue and digitise these artefacts to reveal their research potential, a common framework could advance knowledge of image-printing processes and images’ role in the print trade. This twelve-month project will create a research network and distil a single, interdisciplinary best practice from existing standards across disciplines and heritage collections to train researchers to engage with them.
Laura Aldovini (Università Cattolica, Milan; Project Census Italian Renaissance Woodcuts, Fondazione G. Cini, Venice); Ilaria Andreoli (Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris; Museo Correr, Venice); Giles Bergel (Oxford University); Erin Blake (Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials: Graphics (DCRM(G)); Rosalba Dinoia (independent researcher); Cristina Dondi (15cBOOKTRADE; Oxford University; Consortium of European Research Libraries); Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger Shakespeare Library); Richard S. Field (Yale University); Roger Gaskell (Roger Gaskell Rare Books); Shelley Langdale (Philadelphia Museum of Art; Print Council of America); Katherine Martin (V&A); James Mosley (University of Reading; Institute of English Studies); Paul Nash (The Strawberry Press; Printing Historical Society); Nadine Orenstein (Metropolitan Museum of Art); Christiane Pagel (Graphikportal; Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum); Liam Sims (Cambridge University Library); Linda Stiber-Morenus (Library of Congress); Ad Stijnman (Herzog August Bibliothek); May Sung (FoGuang University, Taiwan); Jonathan Whitson Cloud (ICOM-CIDOC Documentation Standards Working Group; Horniman Museum)
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