Derived from Gerrit Dou, <i>Astronomer by Candlelight</i>
The term "digital art history" has become a shorthand reference to the potentially transformative effect that digital technologies hold for the discipline of art history. Advanced technologies are making research materials more widely accessible and allowing scholars to ask and answer new questions. The latest tools and techniques allow researchers to handle large volumes of digitized images and texts, trace patterns and connections formerly hidden from view, recover the past in virtual environments, and bring the complex intricacies of works of art to light as never before, to name just a few opportunities.

Through the Digital Art History initiative, the Getty Foundation is providing support that allows art historians to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by these technologies. Grants support training workshops to prepare art historians to work with new technologies, and to plan for innovative research and publication projects that will establish new models for the field. Grants also support convenings to address key issues in digital art history.

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Top: Image derived from Gerrit Dou, Astronomer by Candlelight, late 1650s. Oil on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum.