Unconference Critique Digitale
Panel 1, Session 3- Basel
Do., 21.10.21, 13.30 - 14.15
Title: Combining information from diverse collections and sources – accessing visualization
By Victoria Fleury
How often were artworks reproduced during Monets lifetime?
While later paintings (like the water lilly paintings) were only rarely reproduced, Monets earlier work (ex. “Camille or the woman with a green dress”) was reproduced more often –> Artworks painted in the beginnings of monets career were more often reproduced; this is surprising because he is more famous for his later works today!
Issues with quantitative analysis: biased databases, translations from objects to database to visualizations
9 participants were present at the discussion
Problem: Sample could be biased! (what is being digitized, and what isn’t) - mostly western, european art –> Interesting article by Ian Milligan, a Canadian historian: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/527016
For western researchers it is difficult to look at archives for example in Japan, because you might have problems to understand the language \& the use of a different metadata
Victoria Fleury only looked at metadata, it would be interesting to utilize an image recognition technique –> and find replicas of paintings through that.
Are there any metadata standards in art history? NO!
–> A good archive that Vicoria Fleury used in her research: https://prometheus-bildarchiv.de/en/prometheus/index
There is a problem when it comes to metadata:
Either each community has their own standard, and it is too specific to apply it to other researches OR as a researcher you could use the standards of big initiatives (but they are often too broad, and not specific enough) –> There is no middle-ground!!