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


ByKathryn Brown

part Part I|64 pages

Histories and Critical Debates

chapter 1|9 pages

Digital Methods and the Historiography of Art

ByPaul B. Jaskot

chapter 2|14 pages

Blind Spot

Information Visualization and Art History
ByJohanna Drucker

chapter 3|11 pages

The Digital Transformation of Art History

ByHarald Klinke

chapter 4|15 pages

Feminist Digital Art History

ByKathryn Brown, Elspeth Mitchell

chapter 5|13 pages

Slow Digital Art History and KUbism

Or, Situation Awareness and the Promise of Open-World Games
ByKoenraad Brosens, Bruno Cardoso, Fred Truyen

part Part II|118 pages

Archives, Networks, and Maps

chapter 6|15 pages

Tangled Metaphors

Network Thinking and Network Analysis in the History of Art
ByMatthew D. Lincoln

chapter 7|21 pages

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

ByBéatrice Joyeux-Prunel

chapter 8|11 pages

Mapping Paintings, or How to Breathe Life Into Provenance

ByJodi Cranston

chapter 9|15 pages

Qualitative Approaches to Network Analysis in Art History

Research on Contemporary Artists’ Networks
BySanja Sekelj

chapter 10|20 pages

Mapping Senufo

Mapping as a Method to Transcend Colonial Assumptions
BySusan Elizabeth Gagliardi

chapter 11|12 pages


Re-mediating Trans- Feminist and Queer Performance Art
ByT.L. Cowan

chapter 12|11 pages

Digital Methods and the Study of the Art Market

ByPamela Fletcher, Anne Helmreich

chapter 13|11 pages

Noise Management in the Archival Ecosystem

Debating Principles for Classification*
ByAnna Dot, Pablo Santa Olalla

part Part III|98 pages


chapter 14|12 pages

Digital Imaging Projects for Asian Art and Visual Culture

Transcultural Mediations and Collaborations
ByKatherine R. Tsiang

chapter 15|12 pages

A Field Guide to Digital Surrogates

Evaluating and Contextualizing a Rapidly Changing Resource
ByEmma Stanford

chapter 16|23 pages

A Service-Orientation and Open-Source Approach to Developing Virtual Museums

ByMartin White, Ben Jackson

chapter 17|16 pages

Art History, Heritage Games, and Virtual Reality

ByErik Champion, Anna Foka

chapter 18|12 pages

Art With a Lifespan

Digital Technologies and the Preservation of BioArt
ByChristl Baur

chapter 19|9 pages

The Expanding Role of Digitized Collections

The Medici Archive
ByAlessio Assonitis

chapter 20|12 pages

Digital Languages for Art History

Audience Engagement, Virtual and Augmented Reality
ByStefania De Vincentis, Luca Nicolò Vascon

part Part IV|133 pages

Computational Techniques for Analyzing Artworks

chapter 21|10 pages

Curation, Content, Creation

Computer Approaches to the Fine Arts
ByJavier de la Rosa, Juan-Luis Suárez

chapter 22|14 pages

Computerized Analysis of Paintings

ByJames Z. Wang, Baris Kandemir, Jia Li

chapter 23|13 pages

Digital 3D Modeling for the History of Art

ByAmy Jeffs

chapter 24|12 pages

Metadata, Material Culture, and Global Art History

ByRobert Wellington

chapter 25|20 pages

Image Processing and Computer Vision in the Field of Art History

ByNuria Rodríguez-Ortega

chapter 26|16 pages

Pointers and Proxies

Thoughts on the Computational Modeling of the Phenomenal World
ByAlison Langmead, David Newbury

chapter 27|12 pages

Approaching Aby Warburg and Digital Art History

Thinking Through Images
ByAmanda Du Preez

chapter 28|22 pages

Analyzing Gesture in Digital Art History

ByLeonardo Impett

chapter 29|12 pages

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

Between Alice’s White Rabbit and the Mad Tea Party
ByRosário Salema de Carvalho, Rafaela Xavier, Inês Leitão

part 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
ByChristina Bartosch, Nirmalie Mulloli, Daniel Burckhardt, Marei Döhring, Walid Ahmad, Raphael Rosenberg

chapter 31|13 pages

The Art-Historical Catalogue in the Digital Era

ByAnne Collins Goodyear

chapter 32|11 pages

Digital Provenance, Open Access, and Data-Driven Art History

ByAnne Luther

chapter 33|21 pages

Research, Process, Publication, and Pedagogy

Reconstructing the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893
ByLisa M. Snyder

chapter 34|15 pages

Social Media in the Art History Classroom

ByLauren Jimerson, Allison Leigh