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The origins of the legal protection of heritage. Legislation on the safeguard of monuments and artworks issued in 15th- to 18th-century Europe.

Project description

Heritage protection between 15th and 18th century Europe

In the early 1400s, various European countries established a system to administer, protect, supervise, conserve, maintain, classify and record artifacts and monuments in Europe. However, we lack a history of legislation on heritage protection in Europe. The EU-funded LawLove project will analyse the laws on the protection of artworks and monuments issued in the European countries between the early 1400s and late 1700s. Through a comparative analysis of legislation through a juridical and an art historical perspective the project will explore the systems established in early-modern and modern Europe to protect heritage in various states. LawLove will research original records related to legislation, including documents preserved in archives and institutes in Europe.


Net EU contribution
€ 257 209,92
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia

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Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00