The Years of the Cupola

Digital Edition of the Sources on Florence Cathedral: The Years of the Cupola

Other involved Scholars: 

Margaret Haines (Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore)

Cooperation Partners: 

Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore


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The Years of the Cupola represents a digital edition of the surviving administrative documentation in the historic archive of the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore for the period 1417–36.
The digital edition contains over 21,000 transcribed and analyzed documents and incorporates a modulated system of indices and guided research functions that facilitate navigation in the mare magnum of data with clear and scientific criteria. It offers various consultation tools: document summaries that provide convenient syntheses of the content of the acts, active links between records, reference to the ‘shadow’ archive whose composition is evoked by citations of other original sources, bibliography for the publication history of the known documents. Finally, it is possible to search the transcribed documentary texts directly, a function available in the online representation of the data through word indices for vernacular and Latin texts. The Years of the Cupola is therefore a proper edition in the classic sense, yet it exploits the capacity of digital systems to facilitate retrieval and comprehension of its contents. It thus represents a powerful tool for a new approach to the study of a great construction site and the world of its contexts.

In 2012 the digital edition has been complemented by a Studies section. In the Studies section interpretative texts concerning the material in the archive are presented. The Studies section is expected to grow into a comprehensive repository for all kinds of scholarly studies of this important construction site and the world of its contexts