Mapping Paintings

Jodi Cranston, a professor at Boston University, has produced an amazing website called “Mapping Paintings.”

The site  is produced using an open-source platform that allows contributors to map the provenance of any given artwork, detailing how it travels across the globe, and through time, from its creation to its current location.

Cranston is quoted in Hyperallergic, “Provenance information is in printed catalogues and on some museum websites, but visualizing the movement of these artworks allows users to recognize their objecthood and also not to get bogged down in concerns about authenticity and pedigree that often come with provenance information.  Sometimes seeing that an artwork went somewhere unexpected is more impactful than reading it in a long list of text.”

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