New research platform Van Gogh Worldwide launched
November 5, 2020 – The new digital platform Van Gogh Worldwide was launched on November 5. It is a unique, innovative and high-quality platform on which art-historical and material-technical information about the work of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is brought together.
The RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum are the founding partners of Van Gogh Worldwide. They have thorough information about Van Gogh's work. In addition, they bundle specialist knowledge about the digital disclosure of data. In realizing the platform, they work together with a large number of participants, including museums, private individuals and research institutions, in particular the National Heritage Laboratory of the Cultural Heritage Agency.
At launch, the platform will display information on the paintings, drawings and prints by Vincent van Gogh in the Netherlands: more than 1,000 paintings and works on paper. The object data, provenance, exhibition and literature data, letter references and material-technical information of all works can be consulted. The link to Van Gogh's letters is special, so that it is clear how Van Gogh himself described the work in question. The technical data contains various shots of a work (such as the back and floodlights) and references to research reports. Every image can be examined in detail.
Within the website it is easy to search for certain works, both by Dutch and English keywords and by catalog raisonné numbers. Search results can also be filtered by categories, such as subject, material and period of manufacture. The platform strives to be objective: all scientifically published research results about the artworks are displayed. In the second phase, which starts in 2021, works from collections abroad will also be added to the platform. In total, about 2,000 works of art by Van Gogh are known.
Van Gogh Worldwide complies with the principles and principles of the Network Digital Heritage and Digital Heritage Reference Architecture. This means that information from the various source systems is published as Linked data and is connected to each other through the use of thesauri. In this way, the information is reliable and always up-to-date. Moreover, Van Gogh Worldwide is the first platform within the museum and cultural world to publish the data in accordance with the Linked Art data model.
Van Gogh Worldwide is made possible in part by the Mondriaan Fund and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.
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Van Gogh Museum, Self portrait: Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait with gray felt hat, 1887, oil on cotton, 44.5 cm x 37.2 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)