THE CICOGNARA PROJECT
The Cicognara Library on Microfiche:
A Major Resource in the History of Art
Dedicated to the publication and dissemination of the contents of the Library of Books on Art and Architecture of Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834) in the Vatican Library.
A Joint Program of the Vatican Library and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
About the Cicognara Library
In 1824 the Vatican Library acquired from Conte Leopoldo
Cicognara (1767-1834) his famous library of approximately five thousand books
on art, archaeology, and kindred subjects. The books date, in a virtually
unbroken sequence, from the beginning of printing to Cicognara's time. It was
the largest and most judiciously selected library in the field ever brought
together. To this day its possession establishes the Vatican Library as a
generously equipped center for studies in the literature and the history of
art and classical archaeology as well as of art criticism, taste, and
About the Cicognara ProjectIn order to make the contents of the Cicognara Library (the «Fondo Cicognara» of the Vatican Library) in its entirety available as widely as possible the project operates on a not-for-profit basis. The generous interest in the Project of the Vatican Library and the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation help make this possible. The films are taken by the Photographic Department of the Vatican Library and turned into microfiches by Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd. of Cambridge, England.
Until his untimely death in 2000, Philipp Fehl was Editor-in-Chief for the Cicognara Project, working with the late Raina Fehl (d. 2009) and Barbara Steindl. A new edition of the Catalogo ragionato dei libri d'arte e d'antichità posseduti dal Conte Cicognara, to be accompanied by an enhanced index and introductory material, was in preparation at Raina Fehl’s death, and it is hoped that this important project will be brought to completion.
Status of the ProjectThe Samuel H. Kress Foundation remains strongly committed to this important partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Vatican Library. The principals are currently exploring ways of sustaining the founding vision of the Cicognara Project, which was – and is still – to ensure the widest possible access to the uniquely rich body of the literature of art that is the Cicognara Library.
For information regarding subscriptions, please contact Susan Edwards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (firstname.lastname@example.org; 217.333.5476). For information about the Cicognara Project, its current status and future plans, please contact the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (email@example.com; 212.861.4993).