Mapping Andrew W. Mellon Collection (BETA)

Mapping the provenance history of the Andrew W. Mellon Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC was presented at the Blue Skies Above, Solid Ground Below. 1st Early Career Digital Humanities Conference at the King’s College London the 18th June 2015.

The project based on the Gallery’s website data is on Beta version. The info windows links and data could still be updated.

If you don’t agree with one of the locations and want to suggest a different one, please email me the new location with the references or online resources to make the change.

You can click on the image below to browse the map.

Mapping Mellon
Clickable Map
Documentation

I inserted the provenance data for all artworks in a single layer of a CartoDB map. The CartoDB database is structured with the following fields:

Dates, Geographical Coordinates, Artwork’s Title and Author (linked to the NGA online collection catalogue), and the provenance texts available on the website. Within the provenance texts, geographical locations and owner’s names are linked to external resources.

The resulting CartoDB map does not include the interactive timeslider which allows to display all artworks’ provenance locations between two thumb locations. In this case, I used the code shared on the Github Gist code viewer Bl.ocks that integrates the data from CartoDB.js with a jQuery script: http://bl.ocks.org/javisantana/f9b073869fdd3b696f93

After having a functioning map, I made some aesthetic and stylistic changes:

1. I chose a different CartoDB Basemap and replace the one used in the Bl.ocks code library by following the steps described in this link.
2. I modified the jQuery UI Timeslider CSS external stylesheet.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.10.3/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css" />

3. I also slightly changed CartoDB infowindows fonts and colours on the CartoDB CSS external stylesheet.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://libs.cartocdn.com/cartodb.js/v3/themes/css/cartodb.css" />

 

Conference poster
poster

 

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Faya Causey, Martha Schloetzer, Sally Bourrie, John Gordy, Nancy Yeide, and Anne Halpern from the National Gallery of Art, and Paul Jaskot and Benjamin Zweig from CASVA, for their invaluable advice during the development of the project.

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