Fifteen art historians from around the country have been at
From the mapping of French noblewomen's patronage of the arts in medieval times to an analysis of ephemeral public art in lower
Directed by Middlebury Professor of Geography Anne K. Knowles and
"The field of art history is very conscious of space in terms of buildings and objects, but it is almost always static," said Professor Jaskot. "And whenever art historians have tried to talk about movement, it's been in narrative ways. So the idea that GIS allows you to map the movement of art and look at whole systems - at a scale of a thousand objects instead of just one object - this has sparked new art historical questions for the fellows here."
Professor Knowles added: "Something surprising always comes up when you start mapping data. You see an unexpected pattern that raises a question that wouldn't have occurred to you otherwise, and that is beginning to happen to a few of the fellows in our group this summer."
The geographic questions encountered by art historians "are not just background noise," Jaskot said. "A map is not just a map upon which people act; it's the spaces themselves that are the historical actors in some ways. There's a pattern out there for art historians to discover, and GIS is helping them figure that out."
The Institute's 15 fellows - selected from a field of 129 applicants - have been immersed in the concepts and methods of mapping since they arrived at
In addition to the two professors, professional staff from the geography department have assisted the fellows. They include GIS Specialist
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