This project functions as a visually based quantitative assessment of one of New York’s most venerated works of art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Dutch Baroque paintings. The goal in generating these graphics is to visualize the metadata that surrounds these precious works in order to gain a more nuanced understanding of their collective history in the context of the Museum, and an overall impression of the collection’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to areas including genre and artist. A blue gradient is used throughout to correlate with the early-modern hierarchy of genres, a system promoted by seventeenth-century art theorists including Joachim van Sandrart (1606-1688) and Charles Le Brun (1619-1690). The monochromatic blue of these visualizations also functions as a visual ontological cue to The Netherlands, specifically the tin-glazed ceramic wares that flourished in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Delft.
Poster (PDF, 1.3 MB): Lemoine,_Project_Poster