The Farbdiaarchiv zur Wand- und Deckenmalerei (‘color slide archive of wall and ceiling painting’) contains 39.000 digitized photographs of fresco art and murals from ca. 480 churches, monasteries, castles and other secular buildings in Germany, Austria, Poland, Russia (east and west Prussia) and the Czech Republic (Bohemia and North Moravia).
The photographs were made between 1943 and 1945. The time span of the photographed artworks in a total of around 480 buildings ranges from the 10th to the end of the 19th century. Besides the wall and ceiling murals, there is also color photo documentation of wallpaper and paneling, and a less extensive collection of architectural elements, stucco, paintings on canvas or panels, and altars. Records of the buildings themselves are an exception: photographers were strictly prohibited by the Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda to document them.
Material can be browsed by place or by artist. Advanced search options are also available. Images can be downloaded in jpg format.
The digitization and reprocessing of the color slide archive was supported by the Department of Cultural Heritage at the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), and by Tavolozza Foundation in Munich.