The Past and the Future
The new Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany, a research project within the Academies' Program of the Union of Academies of Sciences and the Humantities in Germany, started April 1rst 2015, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe (Prof. for Bavarian Art History and Architectural History at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LMU Munich). The new Corpus resumes a preceding project of the same title: The Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland was founded in 1966 at the LMU Munich by Prof. Dr. Hermann Bauer (1929-2000, until 1994 Prof. for Bavarian Art History at the LMU), and Prof. emer. Dr. Bernhard Rupprecht (until 1993 Prof. for Art History at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg). Until 2009, this research project was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Since 1994, the Corpus-Project was chaired by Prof. Dr. Frank Büttner (1944-2016), who had followed Hermann Bauer as Prof. for Bavarian Art History at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, LMU Munich, in 1994.
Until 2010, the previous project has published 15 volumes on baroque ceiling painting in Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern), structured according to the current administrative units in Bavaria.
In 2012, Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe applied for a continuation and extension of the Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany at he the Academies' Program, together with his predecessor at the LMU, Prof. Dr. Frank Büttner, Prof. Dr. Hubert Locher and Dr. Christian Bracht (directors of the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Philipps-Universität Marburg). The application was successful and the project was approved in october 2014. The duration of the research project is 25 years.
The concept of the new Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Germany is decidedly placing more emphasis on digital technologies and on researching baroque mural painting along typological rather than topographical structures in four modules.