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French Sculpture Census Website Features and Tools

FrenchSculpture.org has been developed to share a detailed amount of information on each of the objects included in the census and broader information on sculpture as a field. It includes:

  • Search screens with access by artist, place of birth and death, gender, type of sculpture, medium, period, location, and a full text search,
  • Educational tools such as a specialized bibliography, a list of exhibitions, a glossary of sculpture terms, descriptions of sculpture techniques (modeling, carving, casting), references to legal texts defining original works and reproductions in the case of editions, links to other specialized websites,
  • “Spotlights on… ” works with odd destinies, rediscoveries, « coups de cœur » (favorite pieces), unexpected ensembles.
  • Each object record will be illustrated with one photograph and will include a direct link to the owning institution website.
  • The web version will also interact with viewers by inviting them to report new sculptures or bring additional information to existing ones, with Laure de Margerie vetting all data.

About the Six French Sculpture Census Partners 

  • The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), School of Arts and Humanities, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums, co-directed by Dr. Richard R. Brettell www.utdallas.edu/  Provides retribution, travel fees, research resources and technical equipment to Laure de Margerie
  • The Nasher Sculpture Center, in Dallas, Director: Jeremy Strick www.nashersculpturecenter.org. Funds the development of the interface between the database and the Internet, built the website, hosts and digitally maintains it.
  • The National Institute for Art History (Institut national d’histoire de l’art, INHA), in Paris; Director: Antoinette Le Normand-Romain www.inha.fr/  Funds the rights for the images of the artists not yet in the public domain.
  • The Musée d’Orsay, in Paris; Director: Guy Cogeval www.musee-orsay.fr. Provides assistance in the development and adaptive maintenance of the database.
  • The Musée Rodin, in Paris; Director: Catherine Chevillot www.musee-rodin.fr. Will fund a part time student three months/year to complete the Rodin records in the Census.
  • The Ecole du Louvre, in Paris; Director: Philippe Durey www.ecoledulouvre.fr. Makes interns available to the Census; provides travel grants through French Heritage Society, the Conseil régional d’Ile de France, or from its own funds; if needed, lends laptops.