(1 replies, posted in Site news and updates)

Hi, i look around from time to time here but see no programmatic change since 2014. Also there is a lot of spam mail in the forum that isn't removed.

Is the site dead? Are there any plans for the near future?

Josselin wrote:

Chris, the site works fine now. Thanks!

Indeed. Since that day i haven't seen any error. Great!

Hi Chris,  sadly it didn't help, there are always the same type of error messages.

I am no web-developer, but the normal thing to do is: open a connection, do the work and then close the connection. But i asume that your problem here is deeper, isn't it ?



(53 replies, posted in Suggestions from users)

Josselin wrote:

For the movements, I think the Biedermeier style would be a better candidate for addition

Yes, thats true. Biedermeier pictures often depicted middle-class people who are happy with there lives, non-political, small anecdotes, portraits in a style that was previously only appropriate for the aristocracy and so on.



(53 replies, posted in Suggestions from users)

Josselin wrote:

Contrary to the Hudson River School, the Dusseldorf School doesn't seem to have a real unity.

I thought a little bit about this and i think you are right that its not a homogenous, narrow body as the Nazarene or the Hudson River School. It was famous for it exquisite and detail drawings and finished paintings. But it is not only landscape painting. History (not the idealistic, classical style) or social genre are very important too.
The Dusseldorfer School is more like a trademark, as the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

A good overview you can find at  <a href="http://www.kettererkunst.com/dict/painting-school-of-dusseldorf.shtml">Kettler</a>

Maybe we need not only the movement-selection, but also a marker for these schools. In germany the Weimar School, the Munich(Piloty)-School, the Berlin School, the Dusseldorfer School and so on.

Another thing that would be useful in my opinion, are categories for the typical kind of pictures an artist made. If he is mainly a landscape-, history- or portrait painter for example.

Im not sure if there is a rule who you should title a portrait.

Sometimes i write only the name of the person (e.g. Georg Washington) , sometimes with 'Portrait of' in the text first (Portrait of George Washington).

What do you think is the right way for our portraits here?


(240 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

kohn1fox wrote:

There is already a listing for Jan Brueghel (the Elder).  The works entered have been transferred to the existing person.  The newly created artist Jan Brueghel should be removed.

Same for  SIEMIRADZKI, Hendryk  and SIEMIRADZKI, Henryk. I have transferred the works and the second one (Henryk) can be removed


(53 replies, posted in Suggestions from users)

I see you list the Hudson River School as a movement, then there is the 'Düsseldorf school of painting' missing.

I think this error occurs, when you forget to select the owner of an artwork. After Chris last changes, nothing is preselected in this field.

Its really fast now, thank you.

One small bug:
Its a good idea to offer 'Unkown' in the 'Search all owners' List as a default. But not 'Royal Collection Trust (use if location is unknown)'. I think, you select as default everything that contains an 'unkown'. But it should be equals  to 'unkown' (ignoring case).

By the way, i inserted this 'Royal Collection Trust (use if location is unknown)' museum entry, because i had an artwork that i knew it is from the Royal Collection Trust, but i don't know, from which place exactly. So i entered this as fallback-Museum for the Royal Collection Trust. Is this right way to do it?

The 'Search all owners' is a catastrophe (toooooo slow and unsorted), but i think its easy to solve.

Don't start the Ajax-search before the 3 character. And sort the list.


(240 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

Correggio: Adoration of the Shepherds

http://the-athenaeum.org/art/full.php?ID=37770 (it's the better one)
http://the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=37836 (to delete)


(22 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

After a few month i want to upload images again, but i get the same old tiring database error-messages over and over again.
I have only time at the weekend, but at these hours it is definitely no fun.

I only see lots of hints and proposals from Josselin in the forum but no reaction from Chris.
Is Chris updating the site anymore? There is no message in the forum form him for many month.


(240 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

Giovanni Paolo Pannini



(240 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

Fra Filippo Lippi


Hello, I think an attribute for the Source/Photographer of an image is missing. This is standard today at wikipedia.


(1 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

The information 'Added the artwork' isn't listed anymore, since Februar the 7th.

Hi Chris,

in the new artwork dialog the 'Pick from suggested owners (click to open or close)' radio-choice-list didn't work in my browser (Firefox V26.0). The selection is ok, but when i save the entry, my choice ist lost.

The 'Search all owners' Ajax-List works, so it is not urgent.

Hi Chris,
this feature is not useable as it is.

It only works, when you select the artist. But the list is unsorted, so it is very hard to find the right person.

If you put title and/or year and leave the artist as it is (Any artist), there comes an exception:

Warning: pg_exec(): Query failed: ERROR: syntax error at end of input LINE 1: SELECT * FROM artwork WHERE artist1=Any ^ in /home/arachne/public_html/people/artwork_search.php on line 17

Warning: pg_numrows() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/arachne/public_html/people/artwork_search.php on line 52


(1 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

Hello Chris,

i think, if someone replaces an image, then the 'Entered by' information should also change.


(22 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

Josselin wrote:

You need to choose a "primary activity" in the last dropdown list on the editing page.

Oops, thank you Josselin!


(22 replies, posted in Bug reporting)

I've added a new person but i find no way to insert an image. I couldn't find him in the artist list, because he has, as is obvious, no art connected to him yet.

But as i remember, last week there was an option ('Add first artwork to'... or so) in the Art-Tab on the overview page.


But its not there anymore and i don't find another way.

Is there one?

Hello Josselin, thx for your answer.

Josselin wrote:

4) I cannot answer to this one. ;-)

I was struggling with myself if i should invest time to upload to The Athenaeum, which could go offline every day. Or load onto wikimedia commons, which is not dependent on only one person.

But i like what i see and read here, so lets hope Chris will live long :-)


Hello, i have a few general questions:

1) Do you have an max/preferred image size or file size?
2) You only have a detail of a good painting, but it is not found somewhere else in this quality. Is an upload ok or only images of the whole painting?
3) What is with black and white images, where no colored version exist. Is this upload ok?
4) A totally different question. The only owner of this site is, as far as i read, Chris.
What, if something happen to him (we all hope this will not be the case). Will the site than go offline forever and all the work is lost?

Josselin wrote:

You're right, German names with a 'von' should be sorted as you said.

Ok Josselin, i will change them.