The Publications of the Ecole française de Rome online at Persée

23/12/12 - Internet - The Ecole française de Rome publishes extensively (colloquia proceedings, theses...) in subjects covering a wide range of fields, including art history. It also edits a journal, Les Mélanges de l’Ecole française de Rome in different series (Antiquity, Middle Ages, Italy and the Mediterranean). All of the publications appearing until 1999 are available and can be downloaded for free on Persée. Unfortunately, like many of the journals on this same site (managed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research), some of the articles in Mélanges do not have images due to royalty issues...though they often concern works now in the public domain [1].

However, the books available on the site are, unless we are mistaken, presented with all their illustrations, proving that this is therefore entirely possible and making the "censure" of the journals all the more mystifying. Among the works which fall under the chronological field covered by The Art Tribune, we would like to point out notably the following :

- Les Fondations nationales dans la Rome Pontificale. Actes du colloque de Rome (16-19 mai 1978)

- Les Carrache et les décors profanes. Actes du colloque de Rome (2-4 octobre 1986)

- Bertrand Jestaz, Le Voyage d’Italie de Robert de Cotte. Etude, édition et catalogue des dessins

- Pierre Pinon and François-Xavier Amprimoz, Les envois de Rome (1778-1968). Architecture et archéologie

- Geneviève Bresc-Bautier, Artistes, Patriciens et Confréries. Production et consommation de l’œuvre d’art à Palerme et en Sicile Occidentale (1348-1460)

- Sylvia Pressouyre, Nicolas Cordier. Recherches sur la sculpture à Rome autour de 1600

We end this article by mentioning that besides La Revue de l’Art (between 1985 and 1999) which we discussed previously (see news item, in French) [2], other art history journals have been posted online : Bulletin Monumental, between 1997 and 2007 and Livraisons d’histoire de l’architecture, between 2001 and 2006 but with only partial illustrations.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 4 janvier 2013


[1] We regularly point out here scholarly journals posted online free of charge. France seems to be the only country to deprive them of some of their illustrations, obviously nonsensical for art history purposes.

[2] We find it unfortunate that since 2005 only one other year of La Revue de l’Art has been posted online. We are still awaiting the years 1969 to 1984, not to mention those after 1999.

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