Gli Anni della Cupola 1417-1436 - Archivio digitale delle fonti del'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

"The Years of the Cupola is a textual and structured digital archive of the documentary sources of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. The period covered, 1417-1436, corresponds to the two decades during which Brunelleschi’s dome was designed and constructed. The project includes all the documentary records of the cathedral’s Opera, or Board of works, which oversaw not only the work site for the construction of the cupola and the rich furnishings and works of art that adorned the church, but also the residence of the clergy in the nearby canonry and other real estate owned by the Opera, as well as important outside projects ordered by the city’s communal government, from fortifications throughout the territorial state to the papal apartments in the convent of Santa Maria Novella. The sources document the provision of building materials, the management of the work force, the institutional structure of the Opera itself and its efforts to collect the publicly decreed financing due it, its presence in the liturgical context and its relations with the city of Florence, that saw itself reflected in the great civic enterprise of the cathedral.

Structure of the digital archive

The project consists of the complete edition of the Opera’s administrative sources conserved for the period under consideration, accompanied by a system of structured analysis that presents its contents to the user and provides easy access to them. The basic unit of the digital archive is the single document or act, fully transcribed according to philological criteria and available for direct textual research. A series of analytical tools facilitates the search for individual documents within the corpus: there are richly articulated indices of names, places and institutions which can be interrogated in different modes; analyses of content by topics in expanding categories, where the specific terms found in the texts are recorded and grouped in handy and easily perused glossaries; reference tools such as document summaries, hypertext indication of direct relations amongst sources and indices of documentary and chronological references contained in the acts. The indexing and the analysis, though carried out in standard Italian, follow the diction of the original texts, preserving the full variety of forms for the user’s perusal in the search phase."

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