Digital Humanities for a Spatial, Global, and Social History of Art

Authored by: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel

The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138585584
eBook ISBN: 9780429505188
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Digital spatial technologies are contributing to a dramatic renewal of global and social approaches to art history. They help to answer questions that have persisted owing to a lack of large, global, or representative sources or because of the amount of time needed to gather and process data. One of the serendipitous effects of such methods is a broadening of art-historical interests. Research has become more global and includes the “peripheries” as well as the traditional “centers”; more social, insofar as it takes into account groups and populations as opposed to canonical artists; and more art historical in its tracing of the circulation of artifacts and images in diverse contexts. Digital spatial methods can even help renew and refresh old, but too little questioned issues in art history such as “influence,” “diffusion,” or “style.” It becomes all the more interesting for teaching and museography.

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