Index of Medieval Art

Looking at (Index) Language: A Dive into Taxonomy at the Index of Medieval Art

Double page opening of illuminated manuscript for genealogical tree decorated on the upper left verso page with one blue roundel enclosing man with halo before altar and holding two doves beneath a hand in halo descending from above. Both pages all over decorated with linked circular frames in red, blue, and yellow ink enclosing Latin inscriptions.
Genealogy of Noah, Saint-Sever Apocalypse, ca. 1028–1072, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. lat.8878, fols. 6v–7r.

Looking at (Index) Language:
A Dive into Taxonomy at the Index of Medieval Art
Tuesday, 8 November 2022
12:00 – 1:00pm EDT

Did you know that the Index of Medieval Art database offers fifteen browse lists, including terms for medieval patrons, creators, languages, and types of objects? Or that the Index database uses around 25,000 subject headings for iconography in medieval art, including scene titles, names of figures, and representations of objects, and that all these subjects can be explored through our Subject Classification network?

If you have an interest in the versatile uses of language in our taxonomies, join us for a free one-hour workshop on Zoom led by Index Art History Specialists Maria Alessia Rossi and Jessica Savage. Just as the Index browse lists are openly accessible to global users, this workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about Index language standardization practices and preferred terms in Index cataloging.

There will be a Q&A period at the end of the workshop, so please bring any questions you might have about Index terminology and language! To register for the workshop and receive the Zoom link, please fill out the form below.

The workshop on Tuesday, 8 November 2022 will be held in connection with the Index conference “Looking at Language” on Saturday, 12 November 2022.

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