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Digital images and art historians – Compare and contrast revisited

  • Margaret E. Graham (a1) and Christopher Bailey (a2)


As the number of digital images available to art historians grows apace, it is perhaps an opportune moment to consider what impact digital images have had on the discipline and on the work methods of art historians. This paper revisits the findings of a research project – Compare and contrast – focusing on the attitudes of art historians towards digital image technologies, the role of the technologies in the different phases and activities of the research process, the tools and their potential, and barriers to the use of digital images.


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Digital images and art historians – Compare and contrast revisited

  • Margaret E. Graham (a1) and Christopher Bailey (a2)


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