The CESCM phototheque is composed of more than 200,000 shots dedicated to Romanesque art and a database of texts and digital images, ROMANE.


Claire Boisseau: PhD, researcher on the analysis of iconographic sources

Carolina Sarrade: researcher on source analysis, archeograph

Creation and origin of the fund

Since its creation just after 1955,

the phototheque’s principal mission has been one dear to its founders: the making of a Romanesque art iconography base available to teachers, researchers, and students. The present collection, constantly up-dated, covers the whole of western Europe in the fields of architecture, sculpture, wall painting, manuscripts, gold and silver plate and jewellery, and stained glass windows …

Collection and digitized resources

The CESCM phototheque possesses more than 200,000 documents.

  • ROMANE, the database for texts and digitals images, a part of the phototheque, comprises 15,000 notices and 25,000 digitized images.


ROMANE database here


For high-definition reproductions and/or permission to publish, contact us


  • The TIMEL, Thésaurus des Images Médiévales en Ligne, is a research tool created by the Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale (CESCM) and the GAHOM (Groupe d’anthropologie historique de l’occident médiéval).


The constituent parts

  • more than 100,000 black and white photos in different formats, covering France and other countries,
  • more than 40,000 black and white and color slides
  • 3,500 glass plate
  • 540 plans
  • a digital base



Management, preservation, research valorisation, at research level of the collection and its diffusion.

Together with temporary exhibitions, academic assessments, archeographie, and work in the field, …

The partnerships

Collaboration with various programs and partnerships of the CESCM : Menestrel, SIC research group (caractérisation d’images par la couleur la texture et la forme, indexation et interrogation par le contenu), Atelier d’art roman (Poitou-Charentes region), GIS (Groupement d’intérêt scientifique), GAHOM (Groupe d’Anthropologie Historique de l’Occident Médiéval, EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales-CNRS), University of  Strasbourg, University of Grenoble (PREALP), University of Barcelona, IRHT, Musée des Monuments français, Musée National d’art catalan, CFEETK (Karnak).


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