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Today's homework assignment includes a blog post (this one!) that asks us to consider possible places where we can find good images for our DH projects. For my Italo-Byzantine panel painting project (which keeps narrowing as I learn about how much you must do), I will have to rely on a 1948 publication by Edward B. Garrison. When I ordered that book from Inter-library loan it was spindly book with slick pages that stuck together and a binding that was coming apart. It made me sad. What made me sadder was all the images that were reproduced were in BLACK AND WHITE.

So, I need to find many of them, and some are in private collections (the bane of the art historian, at least this one) and others are in museums that do not have anything digitized. So.....

I am not sure where I am going to find my images. I have found some from the Met. Some from the National Gallery in DC. There are others in some museums in Germany, Italy (though many of those may not have searchable databases). I will be limiting my compendium of images to Italo-Byzantine panel paintings of the Virgin and Child (starting with those that are bust-length) that were painted in Tuscany in the 13th century.

Tomorrow we'll see about different web applications for the storage of images. I love Zotero that we learned about today, but am thinking it might not be the best place so actually stage the mapping project. But it will help keep track of images, their metadata as well as sources (I found out that you can load PDF articles there that keep the bibliographic info that you can then **export** into perfectly Chicago-style format. HUZZAH!!!)

I am eager for tomorrow (but before then, I have to read a book; only 74 pages, but still. It has a spine; it's a book).

This painting was seized as it is believed to have been stolen from a Swiss safe deposit box:

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Usually the images that I work on hardly make the news like this!

But it has been in the news: here is a link to a blog post about it, as well as here a news article about it. There is a lot here to research and I am very thankful to  Dr. Rebecca Corrie for sending it on to me.

If you look at this painting that was seized (on the right) and the one that inspired this project (on the left), there are definite similarities and both are attributed in to the circle or the influence of Cimabue.

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Very excited to have a new image that is so "hot" in the news to examine further. And now I have at least two images for my project (there are many others actually but this is the one that is the most similar in composition).

From Morgan Collection now at the Met:

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
(Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)
Date: ca. 1504
Medium: Oil and gold on wood
Accession Number: 16.30ab