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Tate Art Maps Will Be Open Data

The Tate Gallery are crowdsourcing location data for their collection. This means that the public can locate the subjects of representional artworks on the map and share this with the Tate. This kind of geodata is very useful for digital art history, as placing an artwork on the map palces it in the cultural and […]

Exciting News From The Getty

Exciting news from the Getty Research Institute today: The Getty Research Institute’s Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) is now available as linked open data under the  Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-BY) version 1.0 . You can access the vocabulary via a SPARQL endpoint (Update 2014-02-22: and download the dataset!) here: The AAT […]

ICONCLASS Is Now Linked Open Data

ICONCLASS is a subject classification system. It’s used to describe the subjects of artworks, the people, locations, scenes and concepts that make up an image. ICONCLASS consists of 28,000 hierarchically ordered concepts describing subject matter, divided into ten main areas.For example an image containing owls is 25F34, an image containing pheasant is 25F38(PHEASANT), or 43C113: […]

Tate Release Collection Metadata As Open Data

Image: “King George V, Accompanied by Queen Mary, at the Opening of the Modern Foreign and Sargent Galleries at the Tate Gallery, 26 June 1926″ (1926) by John Lavery With over 70,000 works of art at four major locations and a global reputation, the Tate gallery is the UK’s leading art institution. Tate recently released their […]

Yale University

Yale University has an Open Access Policy that allows the fully free use of many of its reproductions of public domain art. You can read the policy here. To quote the policy: The Open Access Policy applies to digital images of works in Yale University’s museum, archive and library collections that are believed to be […]

Art Historical Data At The Data Hub

The Data Hub is the Open Knowledge Foundation’s directory of datasets. It’s a great resource for art history, especially in the Digital Humanities. Over the last few years more and more art and art history-related datasets and APIs have been listed: sets of images, geodata for public art, museum collection metadata, and databases of facts […]

Primary Sources at Google Books

Google Books can be used to download digitized books and journals that aren’t available on Here are some examples of what can be found. In English Modern art and living artists The Art journal The art of painting Works of art and artists in England The art of drawing in perspective Colour, as a […]

Primary Sources At

Mass digitization of library collections means that art historical written materials are more easily available in reproduction than ever before. Google Books is easier for searching for them, but is better for downloading them. Journals, magazines, catalogues and books can all be found, although what is available is of course skewed by what libraries […]

UK Government Art Collection Dataset

I have written a script to download a dataset containing collection information from the UK Government Art Collection site and save it in tab-seperated-value files and an sqlite database for easy access. As the data is from a UK government agency it’s under the OGL. You don’t need to run the script, a downloaded dataset […]

Graves’ Art Sales Volume I

Algernon Graves (1845 – 1922) documented British art exhibitions and sales. You can read about him on Wikipedia here. His three part magnum opus “Art Sales from Early in the Eighteenth Century to Early in the Twentieth Century ” was published in three volumes between 1918 and 1921. I have now scanned the first volume. […]