Topic: Thoughts on design issues for artworks with multiple artists
Hello, please give me your thoughts on artworks with multiple artists:
1. How many "artists" should an artwork record be able to track? Give an example of the most artists on an artwork that we might have?
2. Does it matter to you if an artwork is listed or counted multiple times (not in the database, just in display), due to having several artists? For example, let's say The Athenaeum were to list a count of Early Renaissance paintings, and a Botticelli artwork was counted twice, once under Botticelli and once under a collaborating artist. Is this ok?
There's a design issue there, because first some pages would have to be rewritten if we want to count the work only once. Secondly, we would need some rule(s) to decide which artist the artwork falls under...
3. When looking at an artwork-centered view (an artwork display page, an artwork listing page), how would we want to see multiple names? "Name A and Name B"? Some other way? What if there were three artists, or five?
4. Do we want a function to assign a "primary" artist? If so, what would be your rule? To use the Botticelli example again, there are paintings where 95% of the surface area may have been painted by his workshop, but he painted the faces - the part that matters most. Many people would say that he is the "primary artist" here, even though he painted a tiny fraction of the overall work.
Any other issues you can think of?