Big Image Data within the Big Picture of Art History

Harald Klinke


The use of the computer in Art History is changing the approach towards our objects of research. Now, we are able to compute more images than a human can see in a lifetime. That, in turn, calls for a new definition of the role of the researcher and the tools being used. The access to large amounts of visual data stands in a tradition of conventional methods of Art History, but also augments them with quantity. This article proposes a theoretical model on which to build an understanding of the meta image with which we interactively derive our conclusions.


Big Data, Digital Humanities, Distant Viewing, Information, Media, Meta Image, Methodology, Qualitative/quantiative Research, Semantic Gap

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