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Digital Art History: Digital Art History

Inspired by the report, Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship, by Diane M. Zorich for the Kress Foundation and CHMN

What is Digital Art History?

Digital Art History is a relatively new field of scholarship that integrates digital media and platforms with more traditional forms of academic inquiry. Scholars can either use new tools to complement classic research or they can use traditional research methods and apply them to new digital media.

CAA and SAH Release Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in Art and Architectural History

The College Art Association (CAA), working jointly with SAH, has released its Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in Art and Architectural History for Promotion and Tenure. The guidelines are the result of a Task Force convened by the two associations of ten members from the academic community with experience in digital research, publication, and/or scholarly communications and administration.

How Can I Conduct Digital Art History Research?

  • First and foremostly, it is important to consider the ways in which a digital art history project will support and/or complement your existing research and thought processes. What exactly will a digital component add to your overall project or argument? Digital scholarship is by no means an "easy way out," so it must be pursued with keen, deliberate intention. 
  • Next, think about the type of data you have and what you would like to do with it. Digital tools can typically manipulate several types of data:
    • Text - appropriate for analysis of all texts
    • Space - includes all mapping projects and, depending on the tool, timelines 
    • Networking - shows relationships between people, things, or ideas 
    • Image - tools vary widely but include ones for color/shade analyses, close-up zooming, editing and mashups, and annotating images.
  • Explore these tools in the tabs above.