The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History offers a broad survey of cutting-edge intersections between digital technologies and the study of art history, museum practices, and cultural heritage.

The volume focuses not only on new computational tools that have been developed for the study of artworks and their histories but also debates the disciplinary opportunities and challenges that have emerged in response to the use of digital resources and methodologies. Chapters cover a wide range of technical and conceptual themes that define the current state of the field and outline strategies for future development. This book offers a timely perspective on trans-disciplinary developments that are reshaping art historical research, conservation, and teaching.

This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, historical theory, method and historiography, and research methods in education.

chapter |6 pages


part I|64 pages

Histories and Critical Debates

chapter 2|14 pages

Blind Spot

Information Visualization and Art History

chapter 5|13 pages

Slow Digital Art History and KUbism

Or, Situation Awareness and the Promise of Open-World Games

part II|118 pages

Archives, Networks, and Maps

chapter 6|15 pages

Tangled Metaphors

Network Thinking and Network Analysis in the History of Art

chapter 9|15 pages

Qualitative Approaches to Network Analysis in Art History

Research on Contemporary Artists’ Networks

chapter 10|20 pages

Mapping Senufo

Mapping as a Method to Transcend Colonial Assumptions

chapter 11|12 pages


Re-mediating Trans- Feminist and Queer Performance Art

chapter 13|11 pages

Noise Management in the Archival Ecosystem

Debating Principles for Classification*

part III|98 pages


chapter 14|12 pages

Digital Imaging Projects for Asian Art and Visual Culture

Transcultural Mediations and Collaborations

chapter 15|12 pages

A Field Guide to Digital Surrogates

Evaluating and Contextualizing a Rapidly Changing Resource

chapter 18|12 pages

Art With a Lifespan

Digital Technologies and the Preservation of BioArt

chapter 19|9 pages

The Expanding Role of Digitized Collections

The Medici Archive

chapter 20|12 pages

Digital Languages for Art History

Audience Engagement, Virtual and Augmented Reality

part IV|133 pages

Computational Techniques for Analyzing Artworks

chapter 21|10 pages

Curation, Content, Creation

Computer Approaches to the Fine Arts

chapter 26|16 pages

Pointers and Proxies

Thoughts on the Computational Modeling of the Phenomenal World

chapter 27|12 pages

Approaching Aby Warburg and Digital Art History

Thinking Through Images

chapter 29|12 pages

Digital Techniques for the Study of Portuguese Azulejos (Glazed Tiles)

Between Alice’s White Rabbit and the Mad Tea Party

part V|74 pages

Digital Resources, Publication, and Education

chapter 30|12 pages

The Database of Modern Exhibitions (DoME)

European Paintings and Drawings 1905–1915

chapter 33|21 pages

Research, Process, Publication, and Pedagogy

Reconstructing the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893