Day 1: Digital Humanities for Art Historians

We just finished the first day of a two-week summer institute at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University: Rebuilding the Portfolio: DH for Art Historians. My interest in using digital research tools in art history has grown significantly in the last couple of years, in large part due to the work of colleagues who have made innovative use of them, particularly Titia Hulst and Anne Helmreich. Both Titia and Anne study the history of the art market, and one of my current projects seeks to extend such approaches to the circulation of reproductions of works of art in the nineteenth century. This project draws on archival research I conducted a few years back, which brought my attention to a body of records that promises to help us better understand how art reproductions were licensed and circulated within the international market. I’m hoping not only that the institute will teach me new skills but also that it will help me figure out if this is a project worth pursuing in the coming years.

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