Special Bulletin #6: Iconographic Contents and Diagrams for Descriptive Cataloging of Complex Works of Art

  • Nancy Shelby Schuller University of Texas - Austin
Keywords: diagrams, cataloging, metadata, mapping, altarpiece, iconography


This publication gathers diagrams and cataloging descriptions in order to produce consistent content descriptions for complex iconographic cycles to facilitate logical and easy-to-browse shelving arrangements. The purpose is to create a guide that will provide iconographic contents, as well as diagrams of the physical arrangements, for these works of art to assist with the development of more accurate and consistent catalog records for the images in these compositions.

This publication includes identifying information on cycles and altarpieces, including for the Brancacci Chapel, the Baptistry Doors in Florence, the Ghent Altarpiece, and the niches at Orsanmichele, to name a few.

Author Biography

Nancy Shelby Schuller, University of Texas - Austin


Marlene E. Gordon - University of Michigan - Dearborn

Elizabeth Spungen - Bryn Mawr College Libraries

Graphic design and layout: F. Terry Arzola - Austin Community College

VRA Publications Advisory Committee:

Linda Callahan - Mount Holyoke College

Chair: Sheryl Frisch - California Polytechnic University

Marlene Gordon - University of Michigan - Dearborn

Louise Kulp - Franklin and Marshall College

Linda McRae - University of South Florida

Elizabeth O'Donnell - Dartmouth College

Jenni Rodda - New York University

Lilla Sweatt - San Diego State University

Susan Thalmann - Pomona College

Debra Winters - California State University - Fullerton

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