Classifying the Neoclassical

Antiquarianism played an important role in the shaping of European modernity. The Neoclassic period from 1760 to 1860 engraved antiquity in such diverse fields as architecture, gardening, the visual and the applied arts, literature and even composition, creating a wealth of artefacts from the Russian Empire’s Urals to newly independent Brazil and impacting on urbanity from New York or Sydney to Athens.

The Neoclassica Framework is developed in order to provide tools to research the co-occurrence, transfer and change of aesthetic forms in a variety of media, such as architecture, works of applied art, graphics or painting.

Currently the project rests on two main pillars: An ontology developed to allow for a detailed description of Neoclassical artefacts and parts thereof as well as a module developed to allow for the data-driven, computer-assisted classification of artefacts and forms in digital visuals.