(This WEB site is currently under construction. Projected date for access to the electronic index is January 2001)


Baptisteria Sacra
: An Iconographic Index of Baptismal Fonts (BSI) is an independent, academic research project affiliated with Iter:Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance project at the University of Toronto. 

BSI is an international iconographic index of baptismal fonts from the early Christian period to the 17th century made available via the World Wide Web for scholarly research in a searchable electronic format which contains both images and text. The individual record for each work aims to include a complete description of the font and its imagery.

The project evolved from a collection of medieval baptismal fonts from the Swedish island of Gotland, which was part of the preliminary research for Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens's doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Art History at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Restricted originally to fonts which depicted scenes from the Childhood of Christ, it has since grown and expanded into a separate project, founded, developed and directed by Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens and Miguel A. Torrens.



Jérôme Baschet (C.N.R.S. Paris, France)
Axel Bolvig (Department of History, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Colum Hourihane (Index of Christian Art, Princeton University, USA)
Lennart Karlsson (Statens historiska museum, Stockholm, Sweden)


The comprehensive works of J.Roosval, M.Rydbeck and L.Tynell (Sweden), F.Bond,   A.E.Nichols and E.Tyrrell-Green (England), F.Nordström (Europe), G.Bilbao and A.Domeño (Spain), M.Mackeprang (Denmark), G.Pudelko (Germany), R.Christiner (Austria), L.Tollenaere (Belgium), L.Malle (France), H.K.J.Pike (Ireland), have provided valuable information without which this project would not be possible.


Numerous other specialists and avid "fonters" have contributed to this project:

Juan Alvarez Quevedo (Arzobispado de Burgos, Spain)
Josep Amielle
, mosen (Vall d'Aran, Spain)
Lars Berggren
(Lund University, Sweden)
Anne Busch (Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala, Sweden)
Brian Catlos (Institucio Mila i Fontanals, CSIC, Spain)
Enrique Calvera Nerin (Barbastro, Spain)
Asun Domeño (Navarra, Spain)
Colin "Paddy" Drake (Ipswich, England)
Simon Knott (WEBmaster Suffolk Churches, England)
Annette Landen
(Lund University, Sweden)
Toni Llanes (Conselh Generau d'Aran, Spain)
José "Pepe" Ramirez (Obispado, Jaca, Spain)
Robert Rawlinson
(Cumbria, England)
Roger Reynolds
(University of Toronto, Canada)
Silvia Schlegel
(University of Bonn, Germany)
M. Schönlank-van der Wal
Mona Bramer Solhaug
(University of Oslo, Norway)
Albeiro Vasquez,
mosen (Vall d'Aran, Spain)


Doug Matsumura
(Toronto, Canada)
Sylvia Oostijen-Matsumura
(University of Toronto, Canada)

And innumerable others who with their help, advice and support make this project possible.


We are actively seeking sponsorship and financial support for the BSI project. If you are interested in supporting this project please contact us.

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Sbeitla (Tunisia)
Photo: Brian Catlos

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Langtoft (England)

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Dolton (England)

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Alskog (Gotland, Sweden)

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Barlingbo (Sweden)

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Simris (Sweden)