The Federico Zeri Foundation is a center for research and specialist training highly specialized in the History of Art.
It was set up in 1999 by the University of Bologna with a view to making known the life-work and profile of Federico Zeri, as well as preserving his bequest and turning it to best account: an Art Library (46,000 volumes, 37,000 auction catalogs, 60 periodicals) and a Photo Archive (290,000 photographs of monuments and artworks).
To make this legacy available to the scientific community, the Foundation embarked as of 2003 on the demanding job of
the Zeri Photo Archive
This led to creation of some sizable digital databases now accessible online.
The Zeri Art Library
has been cataloged under the National Library System (Opac SBN
), while cataloging of the Auction Catalogs
collection has been in progress since 2012. This lead to a new specific database.
A considerable challenge, but primarily a commitment to open this priceless heritage to as wide public as possible, especially young scholars engaged in Art History studies today. Investing in digital technology and online research access to resources has proved a winning strategy, and it is now recognized worldwide.
The Federico Zeri Foundation is a partner and content provider of Europeana
, it is present in the ARTstor
databank and it is part of the consortium PHAROS (PHoto Archives Research Online Searching).
The Foundation's premises, open to the public since 2008, are in the Renaissance convent of Santa Cristina in the center of Bologna. The same complex also houses the Bologna University Department of Visual Arts
, complete with its own library and valuable photo archive.
Together, the two institutions form a prime scientific hub for visual arts and an extensive research facility.