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Weave Maps and Rollmates: Computational Analysis of European Old Master Canvases and Early Chinese Silk Paintings

  • Columbia University, The Center for Science and Society, 513 Fayerweather Hall 1180 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

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One method of connecting a pair of paintings is to establish that they are painted on two pieces of fabric originally from the same roll. Rollmate pairings can offer insight into issues of dating, attribution, and artist's intent. This talk introduces the concept of thread count automation, a computational procedure for identifying rollmates based analysis of thread densities on a simple weave, and the visualization of the results as weave maps. 

Display of discovered matches spanning the 15th -19th centuries of Old Master European paintings, and evidence that this approach to rollmate identification applies to early (12th -13th century) silk paintings, illustrates the breadth of utility of this effort in computational art history.

Speaker: C. Richard Johnson, Jr., Jacobs Fellow in Computational Arts and Humanities, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell Tech; and Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, Electrical & 

Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit scienceandsociety.columbia.edu.

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