REQUIEM is dedicated to the research of Roman papal and cardinal tombs of the Early Modern Age between 1417 and 1799. The joint project is prompted by art-historians and historians who have come to set the major focus of their work to unravel the historical testimonies of the sepulchres, which define less the past and more the present, but above all, the future of the ambitioned social elites in Rome.

This databased project is a cooperation between the historical seminar in Fribourg – Switzerland, chair of Prof. Volker Reinhardt and the Institute for the History of Pictures and Art at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, chair of Prof. Horst Bredekamp. Having been financed by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for four years, the project receives funding since April 2005 from DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Requiem’s major aims result from its twofold historical and art-historical orientation: On the one hand it provides a data base with the details of all the papal and cardinal tombs preserved in Rome and its peripheries, on the other hand the project is also working on a data base with dates and details on the cardinals of the Early Modern Age, retracing their careers as well as family and clientele structures.

Requiem is interested in further cooperations with art historians and historians who have researched single aspects, topics, or individuals featured in our data base. Please don’t hesitate to use the data base for your own research and feel invited to make a textual contribution which will help to complete the data base. Of course you will be mentioned as author of the information provided.

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Requiem Project