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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Worthy N. Martin (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Anne Conyers Leader (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Digital Sepoltuario, The Tombs of Renaissance Florence: Scholarly Access and Search

The development and implementation of a public interface for research into medieval and early modern burial and commemoration through Digital Sepoltuario: Scholarly Access and Search (DSsas), a database and platform documenting the tombs of Renaissance Florence.

Digital Sepoltuario will support research on a fundamental human activity: caring for and commemorating the dead. It will make accessible a catalogue of memorials installed in Florence’s church buildings 1250-1650. Manuscript tomb registers (sepoltuari) in the Florentine State Archives provide information on location, ownership, and decoration of Florence’s tombs and burial chapels. We propose to interlink these records to social, professional, political, and family networks of those interred in these sepulchers over successive generations; substantially expand the dataset already curated; design and build an interactive interface enabling access to this rich material from several scholarly perspectives; and create methods to visualize spatial and social relationships. The creation and re-use of these omnipresent tombs are untapped sources to investigate and contextualize religious beliefs, power struggles, economic growth, and cultural products of the late middle ages and Renaissance.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Renaissance History; Renaissance Studies

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$349,812 (approved)
$298,911 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2023