New Resources Online: Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of the Margaretta M. Salinger records and the Textile Study Room records.

Margaretta M. Salinger records

Margaretta M. Salinger had a long and distinguished career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1930 she joined the Met’s Department of Paintings as Special Cataloguer, going on to become a Research Fellow, Senior Researcher and Associate Curator. In 1970 Salinger was named Curator in the European Paintings department, and upon her retirement in 1972 she was named Curator Emeritus. In addition to her curatorial work, Salinger was active on various Museum committees related to publications, most notably the Editorial Advisory Committee, which is the focus of the bulk of these records. Included are proposals for publications, notes from meetings, budget documents, memoranda and correspondence, mostly dating from the 1940s-1960s. There are several files as well from other committees on which Salinger served, mostly related to Museum publication projects. Finding aid:

Textile Study Room records

The Textile Study Room of The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in 1908. From then until the mid-1990s, when its activities were integrated into those of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, the Textile Study Room was consulted by students, designers, and others seeking knowledge or inspiration from historical and contemporary examples of fabrics. In its early years, research supported by the Textile Study Room focused on European textiles and laces, as well as Japanese and Chinese textiles. The Textile Study Room frequently hosted lectures about its holdings by curators and specialists in the field. It also acquired photographs of fabrics and textiles from Central and South America, Asia, and India. The records include correspondence, invoices, fabric samples, photographs and other items that document the work of curators and other staff of this department over several decades. Finding aid:

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Artl@as Bulletin 5: GeoMap project ONLINE: Mapping Paris art dealers 1815-1955

Building upon a preliminary socioeconomic analysis of the art dealers in Paris between 1815 and 1955 (ARTL@S Bulletin 2, n°2), this paper presents the findings of a spatial study of the Parisian art market in this period. Using serial geographical data drawn from a single, consistent source – the Bottin du commerce – we mapped the spatial evolution of art dealers over 140 years, using a geocoding system with composite locators. The article explores the different spatial dynamics of this market, and seeks to shed light on the links between the evolution of the Parisian economy as a whole and the individual trajectories of its art dealers.

Artl@as Bulletin 5, no. 1, GeoMAP – Géographie du
marché de l’art parisien


GeoMAP stands for Geographie du marché de l’art parisien and it maps all the “marchands de tableaux” (art dealers) that were mentioned in the Bottin du commerce, in Paris, from 1815 through 1955. The articles giving further details can be found here, for the statistic and quantitative approach, and here, for the mapping of the Parisian art dealers. GeoMAP project is an open access database. Researchers can look up and visualize art dealers in Paris by using the timeline or navigate the map : the GeoMAP project is thus both a repository of the Parisian dealers, and a tool of visualization.

GeoMAP was developed by Julien Cavero, who is cartographer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Labex TranferS) and the data were collected by Félicie de Maupeou and Léa Saint-Raymond.
The website will be available in English soon.

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Out now: Journal for art market studies, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2017)

Is Art Market Studies a discipline in its own right, or rather a research focus area? And if it is a research focus area, then which discipline does it belong to? Art history? Economic or social history? Sociology? Economics of culture? In this second issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies we ask about the theories of art market research and their different approaches, methods and objectives. We ask from an art history perspective which is quite open to transdisciplinary approaches.


Vol 1, No 2 (2017)

Table of Contents


Bénédicte Savoy, Johannes Nathan, Dorothee Wimmer

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New Digital Tools on the Web: Innovating history

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is the University of Luxembourg’s third interdisciplinary research centre, focusing on high-quality research, analysis and public dissemination in the field of contemporary Luxembourgish and European history. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on new digital methods and tools for historical research and teachingThe blog provides information on various topics.

Digital history between critical thinking and charismatic ideology

Digital history provides new opportunities, but the use of digital tools should not blind historians to the existing challenges. An uncritical belief in the power of digital tools would be wrong, as much as an outright dismissive stance.



New Online Resource: Mapping Paintings

Mapping Paintings is an open-source platform that allows users to tailor-make their own individual scholarly mapping projects. The platform facilitates the realization of these types of projects with an easy uploading of data collected and assembled by scholars without the need for learning GIS or other technologies. Although we have limited the platform in concept to paintings, users can include paintings, drawings, and prints—and really any artwork. Users can make their projects private or public. The uploaded data, once approved by our admin team, becomes part of the global library, which is available to all users of the site.