Web Gallery of Art & Colors

A visual representation of 850 years of paintings

ConceptVisualization

Data collection & analysis

– Source description & Data manipualtion –

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of Western (European) fine arts of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism periods (1000-1900), currently containing over 36.800 reproductions. Source: www.wga.hu

From the original DB we extracted only paintings. Then we filtered out the museums with less then 50 works and private collections.

SELECTED DATA
850

years of art

25

schools

9849

paintings

39

locations

10

types of painting

– Surfing the colors –

We extract dominant colors from an image as a palette using Colorweave Python library.
To extract colors we use the k-means clustering method with k = 9 and we group hex colors in css3 (140 colors) and css2 (16 colors).

Count & visualize

The Color of Colors

Sum of css3 clustered colors in the 9849 paintings

Where? What? Who?

Click on your favourite museums to explore types of painting and schools

Colors over time

See how css2 colors change in 850 years of art.
You can compare colors by clicking on the legend.

The flow of art

As paintings goes by

1301-1350 274 1301-1350 1351-1400 96 1351-1400 1401-1450 358 1401-1450 1451-1500 962 1451-1500 1501-1550 1,436 1501-1550 1551-1600 767 1551-1600 1601-1650 1,904 1601-1650 1651-1700 1,111 1651-1700 1701-1750 678 1701-1750 1751-1800 522 1751-1800 1801-1850 658 1801-1850 1851-1900 1,027 1851-1900 genre 1,040 GENRE historical 269 HISTORICAL landscape 1,374 LANDSCAPE mythological 867 MYTHOLOGICAL other 343 OTHER portrait 2,040 PORTRAIT religious 3,450 RELIGIOUS still-life 410 STILL-LIFE

Linked open colors

Color couples occourence in the dataset. Edges are weighted by frequency and nodes by degree.

Design by

Ruben Bassani

ruben.bassani@alice.it

Andrea Caternolo

a.caternolo@gmail.com

Daniele Fadda

fadda.daniele@gmail.com

Mario Massimo Mazzarella

mario.mazzarella@libero.it

© Copyright - Andrea Ruben Daniele Mario • Viz made with Highcharts, Raw and Gephi.