Above empty artist replaced by John Hoppner.
Re: Several Remarks Regarding the Website in General (6 replies, posted in Suggestions from users)
It would be most useful if the website had a dropdown/window facility for the use of accents in words. My keyboard is not equipped with the ability to give the correct titles or names when a subject includes the French/German/Spanish/Polish etc wording. An example, for instance, would be the title, 'Pieta'. It would be very helpful if something could be included to enable me to provide an accurate name.
second entry to be replaced by another work
The above duplication has been replaced by 'German 16th Century - Unknown'.
The artist Hendrick AVERCAMP has been duplicated recently. There is already an entry for this artist with 35 works attached. There is no excuse for not checking to see if the artist exists in the system. The original entry gave incorrect dates, which I have edited. I have transferred the 7 works that had been entered under the duplicate name to the original record. Four of these were duplicated and have been replaced with works by George Frederick Watts.
It is important that simple mistakes such as these are not repeated as many duplications have occurred in the past. When one erroneously creates a duplicate record of an artist, invariably artworks are also duplicated and it can sometimes be time consuming and laborious to have to go through existing records to ascertain what are duplicates.
I have also noted that titles do not always have capital letters (in English nouns for example) where they belong. I understand that some editors may not have English as their first language so this form might be difficult. However, titles for artworks that are incorrectly shown makes the website appear slapdash and careless.
The system doesn't seem to recognise 'Netherlands School' but it does with Dutch School etc. I have replaced the empty with the following work:
I think I know what happened. I tried to replace with 'Netherlands School 16th Century' but it didn't recognise 'Netherlands' as late as 16th century! I was able to open as Dutch School etc! The 'Netherlands-era artists' were earlier.
I'll try again when I have a new artist.
I think 2000 wide is far too big to appreciate the work. Fine, perhaps, if one wants to move across the subject in great detail. But I think a maximum of 1260 x 850/900 is ideal. One can see the entire work close-up and I think this is adequate. It also presents a better image for the viewer. I have downloaded an Aert van der Neer from the Met (and I have cropped the edges to remove some wooden frames - I do this with the Berlin Gemaldegalerie). What do you think?
New list of empty artists:
I assume all these have been replaced? But when I open a record the artist is still shown with nil entries. However, the system does not allow me to replace with another artist. Furthermore, the index does not include the original artist.
I have had to downsize some of the images you posted (examples for Gerard ter Borch) as they are far too large to observe on this website. The downloads I have adjusted are still large but the viewer can appreciate the whole artwork more easily.
It would be good if you could note the size of the work in case the image you possess is excessively large (it can be downsized easily through Microsoft Office Manager, if you have this facility).
Also, as this website started in the USA, and, is primarily an English language tool, it is best, when possible, not to give German titles to artworks which might present a problem for many observers. French is better but English would be preferable.
This empty artist has been replaced by Jan van de Cappelle:
Josselin, thanks for this information.
I have replaced all the previous 'empty' artists with Spanish/French/British Schools - Unknown (under centuries as you suggested) examples are:
Yes, I noticed that. I try to give a circa date(s) to avoid the copyright. Will see about it tomorrow. Have also replaced Edwin Alexander (?) with Unknown Spanish School:
Cosmo Alexander (above) has been replaced by George Gower:
Cherubino Alberti (above) has been replaced by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.
Here is a list of "empty" artists, they do not have any artwork connected to them. It would be a good thing to clean it, either by editing these void entries and putting someone else, or by linking artworks to their page.
Johannes Hubertus Leonardus de Haas: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2576
Cherubino Alberti: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=880
Cosmo Alexander: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2353
Edwin Alexander: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2396
Francesco Saverio Altamura: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2907
Marie van Regteren Altena: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2559
Alexander Nikolaevich Benois: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=4333
Luis Alvarez: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2644
Lance Calkin: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2818
Alfred Calvert: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=5092
Solomon Nunes Carvalho: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=3971
Theobald Chartran: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/people/detail.php?ID=2582
I will edit this page as you clean it - and add new entries. There are still a lot of other empty artists in the database. Just post here by whom you have replaced them.
I have replaced the first entry in this list with a new entry ' Unknown - German School'.
I have closed the museum entry for Broughton House (National Trust for Scotland) and transferred the one artwork to the general 'National Trust for Scotland', which is better. All future entries for artworks that belong in either the National Trust (England) or the National Trust (Scotland) should be entered under these titles, with the description of where they are located.
This will avoid opening numerous new National Trust properties that maybe have only a couple of artworks.
The artist Salomon de Bray had been created twice. The second entry had 3 artworks and the earlier entry had one artwork. I have therefore transferred the one artwork to the list for Salomon de Bray and changed the earlier artist entry to BRYAN ORGAN, a contemporary portraitist.
One of the above works is at Polesden Lacey (not Ascott House).
On the subject of 'National Trust' I have transferred two entries from 'Ascott House, Wing, near Leighton Buzzard, Bucks' to the general National Trust entry but highlighting where the artworks are located.
Future National Trust entries should be allocated under the generic title and not be given a new 'museum' entry. Waddesden Manor is one exception.
The artworks I have transferred are by Isaac van Ostade:
Not sure why artist entries were created if no works attached to them.
I suggest that when a new artist is 'discovered' we replace one of the above entries. I have a lot of new artists to enter so I will start to replace these. If, at a later date, there is a work to connect to the former name then a new artist entry can be created.
This will 'clean' the records.
Re: Thinking about how to better organise "museums" (7 replies, posted in Site news and updates)
I have created a new 'museum' entry entitled 'Civic Collections - United Kingdom' as there are many works that are in town halls, guildhalls and other civic collections. They do not warrant their own separate 'museum' folder (except for the London Guildhall Art Gallery) but can be used to capture works that are 'elsewhere'. A note in the description should state where the artwork is located (I have done this with two portraits that were previously shown to be in Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, but are in civic collections in Norwich, Norfolk).
Norwich Museum and Art Gallery:
These are the same. The correct title is Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The collective title however is Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery).
Those entries under Norwich Museum and Art Gallery should be transferred to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
Works have now been transferred to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The entry for Norwich Museum and Art Gallery has disappeared from the listings heading under museums index. But it remains when one selects from the drop down menu. This can be confusing and may prompt further entries.