We should also be able to navigate through artworks without going back to the list of artworks. We could go to the next or previous artwork with arrows on both sides of the page. [marked "1" on the picture]
There would also be a dropdown menu [marked "2"] where we could choose how artworks would be displayed one after another, eg. by name, date, medium or museum.

One of the major problems mobile users have is that you constantly have to open new tabs in the browser to navigate around the website.
We can improve this by adding a "preview window" in the list of artworks. The code for this action already exists at the bottom of an artist page with his self portraits.
We would have something like this:

(Can't upload two pictures in the same message.)

Here are some suggestions to improve the website layout (with pictures) and to deal with the design of the site on mobile platforms.

1: When an artist has a picture on his page and a long biography written, some place is wasted below the picture. The text should fit the whole width of the page.

2: There should be links to the museums in the 'top owners of works by this artist".

3: There are two sets of tabs on the page and it may be a bit confusing. There is a "biography" tab whilst the biography is written above, etc. Perhaps we could gather all the tabs at the place, or hide the biography and add an "expand button" to reduce the length of page.

4 & 5: There should be a bibliography tab and a "history" tab.

Chris, the site works fine now. Thanks!

Now I have this message, which is slightly different than before:

Warning: pg_connect(): Unable to connect to PostgreSQL server: FATAL: sorry, too many clients already in /home/arachne/public_html/shared/php_db/conn8.inc on line 2
Can't connect to primary database.

Thanks Chris, I hope it won't cost you too much.


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Pietro Annigoni - Eric Arthur Barber:
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=135178 (correct)

Ferdinand Konrad Bellermann - Merida Valley:

I can't say and couldn't find her catalogue raisonné. The first one comes from a minor auction house, and many of them "upgrade" the attribution of their artworks in order to increase their value. It can be a copy.


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kohn1fox wrote:

The Tate paintings are not listed under which museum.  The Tate in London loans artworks to Liverpool and St Ives.  Artworks advertised are generally said to belong to only the Tate.   However all modern (20th/21st century) FOREIGN artworks should be placed under TATE MODERN and all artworks by British artists, from 14th century to present day, should be entered under TATE BRITAIN.

I have transferred those 'modern' art works by foreign artists to TATE MODERN.


Yes I read them. smile

I also remarked that the Tate doesn't tell where its artworks are, but the dependencies in Liverpool and St Ives are only exhibition galleries.

Hello Absalom,
Thank you for having spotted that, I corrected it. Many of the most famous Old Masters were added in the 2000's and now need an overhaul - as I did with Veronese. I'll try to do it in the future.

You can report errors here (send the links): http://www.the-athenaeum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?id=559



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I have also added descriptions for museums, especially universities:

42 texts for the various colleges and institutions of the university of Oxford:
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/search.php … +of+Oxford

26 texts for the colleges and institutions of the university of Cambridge:
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/search.php … +Cambridge

7 other universities:
Aberdeen: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3016
Bristol: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3460
Brown: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=1660
Durham: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=2356
Edinburgh: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=2340
St Andrews: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3148
Vanderbilt: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3559


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anjaleck wrote:

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery/)
(note to self - Aspertini)

Oratorio di Santa Cecilia, Bologna, Italy
(note to self - Aspertini)

Vanderbilt University: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3559
Can you check the descrption I wrote?

Oratorio di Santa Cecilia: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=2715
Just mention the artwork is located in the Oratorio of the Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore.


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anjaleck wrote:

Here is another:

Irish Heritage Trust.  The painting in question (Clogh Oughter Castle by William Ashford) is on loan from the Irish Heritage Trust to the Cavan Count Museum in Cavan, Ireland.  This one is a bit convoluted so I thought I'd give you all the information.

If you don't get to this one right away, that's okay.  I might have more later. smile

Mention in commentary that the painting is on loan from the IHS.


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anjaleck wrote:


Please add "The Knohl Collection" (http://www.theknohlcollection.com/) located in Anaheim, CA, USA. (Note to self: Reginald Arthur)

Thank you!



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Good job, but some already existed:



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kohn1fox wrote:

I would like to see an easier research mechanism for works in Venice.  There are numerous old master paintings in small churches in Venice and it is not easy to capture where they are represented.  Currently one has to scroll through the artist or mu seum list but if someone wishes to know where a lot of Venetian artworks in minor churches are located it is a difficult task.

I think Venice is the sole and unique example in this case as so many major artworks are scattered in small, little known or unknown churches and 'scuola'.

I would like to see some sort of cross reference e.g. 'Venice - (names of locations)'.

This, of course, leads on to a listing of all museum holdings on this website under major cities:

'Rome - (.........)
Paris - (.........)


I think this is the same situation everywhere in Italy. There are similar churches in Florence, Genes, Rome, Naples... The country did not experience a reformation, so religious works stayed in churches and convents, nor a revolution like in France, which put these works in museums. Interestingly, I found artworks in small churches and convents in Nice (southeastern France), which belonged to the Piedmont during the Revolution.
If you type 'Venice' in the search box, you'll see all the museums and churches there: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/search.php … rds=venice


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kohn1fox wrote:

It would be very helpful if the redundant museum entry, as above example, could be removed altogether to avoid it being reinstated.  Although it disappears from the alpha listing for museums, it remains as an entry when one opens the drop-down window against a location.  This can lead to someone reopening the duplicate (and incorrect) museum.

Just rename the museum as I did here: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3406


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To be deleted: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/sources/detail.php?id=3406


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kohn1fox wrote:

Your comments above are indicative of most United Kingdom provincial collections, whereby a collective body (usually the county town or main administrative city in the county) controls a number of museums and galleries under its wing.

It is a question of whether we maintain a single name (example Norwich) or create separate museum pages (as with Merseyside).

It's the same in Germany, for which we have created separate museeums. See the list here: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?id=616


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Idem with the Leeds Museums and Galleries, it is just the governing body that rules the following museums:
    Leeds Art Gallery
    Lotherton Hall
    Temple Newsam House
    Leeds City Museum
    Leeds Museum Discovery Centre
    Abbey House Museum
    Kirkstall Abbey
    Armley Mills
    Thwaite Mills Watermill



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Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council):

There are actually four locations of these two entries:
    The McManus
    Dundee City Chambers
    Broughty Castle Museum
    Verdant Works


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One easier solution would be to suppress the 'world' museum list, and instead create national lists.


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I think each National Trust location should be kept, but it is possible to link them to a upper supermuseum where they would all be listed. So there would be one entry of the NT in the museum list, but with a little '+' next to it, on which you could click and display the list of the NT dependencies. The same with Oxbridge colleges, Guggenheim, Tate, Livepool Museums, etc.

As I said, it wouldn't be possible to do that for the civic collections - as you called them. In France and Italy - still catholic countries - many artworks are also located in churches, sometimes even in a small chapel lost in a countryside. Moreover, artworks can be found in buildings in every country (schools, colleges, hospitals, stations, city halls...).
We lack a governing structure that would manage these artworks like the NT.
Perhaps, we could create a 'public collection' entry for each administrative level? Like the county in England, State in the USA, Land in Germany, where all public locations there will be included.
For me, 'civic collection' is a bit too vague.


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kohn1fox wrote:

But you have helped to create this extra long listing for British establishments by splitting up 'University of Oxford' (and University of Cambridge) into separate colleges.  Hitherto, I had entered works under the generic title of 'University of Oxford' with a note in the descriptions as to where the work is housed.  This was sufficient and removed the need to have about 50 extra museum entries.

The same had applied to the National Trust, which was perfectly acceptable as a collective title for ALL NT works.  You will note that I always add in the descriptions box in which collection the work is housed (e.g. National Trust at Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex).  However, by adding individual 'houses' the listing has now grown by , perhaps, 200 extra museum entries.  I consider this unnecessary.

Actually, I'm thinking of a way to display museums on a map. There is probably a way to create our map with a website such as Openstreetmap: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/5 … p;layers=Q
but we need to have the accurate location of each museum for that.
edit: here is the path to create customised maps: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Crea … _own_tiles

For the too long list of museums, there is a way to reduce it, by implementing expandable menus. We would therefore have all the NT manors under the same entry (a kind of 'supermuseum'). It won't work with churches and public buildings though.

I sent a message to Chris.