We are pleased and honored that the MIT Press journal Leonardo has chosen to publish a research paper which we here at Art Authority have been working on for nearly two years: “Ranking Artists: An Internet-era Analysis.” We are equally pleased that we are able to continue to give back to the art history community from which we (and our app users) have also benefited.
Quoting from the paper’s abstract, “To provide guidance to the vastly expanded, un-curated art world made available through the Internet, [we] developed a methodology for objectively and repeatably rating artists, … [and] applied that methodology to Western painters in particular, creating a ranked list of the significance of nearly 10,000 of those painters… [we] observed that the Internet not only greatly broadens access to art, but also provides the tools needed to curate that access in a meaningful scientific manner.”
We learned quite a lot in the process, and are happy to be making the major result of the study freely available online. So, without further ado, we are proud to unveil our ranked list of:
The Most Significant Western Painters
With close to 10,000 annotated entries, we feel that this scientifically-developed list provides a major resource for art historians, educators, students and just plain art lovers. And of course app developers Essentially for the art community as a whole. As we indicate in the paper, although one of the main goals of the study is to be as objective as possible, we realize that many of the specific decisions we made in the specific method we used are themselves subjective, and thus this ranking is simply one of many possibilities.
We also hope and believe that our research provides more than just this important list. As the paper concludes, “We hope that our work serves not just as a useful source of exploration, but as a template for other similar guides, and as a starting point for questions about how we all value artistic contribution in this massively connected and information-intense era.” We look forward to those questions.
As the seasons change, once again, from Summer to Fall, we’re happy to announce the newest show on Art Channel for Apple TV: Autumn.
Autumn Regrets, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1882
And, just in case you missed, there’s still time to enjoy Summer at the Beach as well.
At the Seaside, William Merritt Chase, 1892. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Art Authority is pleased to announce our first major art acquisition. If Art Authority were a traditional art institution, we might well be announcing that we had obtained a rare painting by a renowned artist like Rembrandt or van Gogh. Instead, this being the 21st century, we’re announcing that we have obtained 1000 museums worth of art!
To be specific, Art Authority has acquired the digital portfolio of 1000Museums, Inc. Both Art Authority and 1000Museums have been pioneers in connecting art museums and art communities in new ways. 1000Museums’ particular strengths have been their relationships, their museum partners, and their web-based capability to affordably provide art lovers with high quality reproductions of works from those museums.
1000Museums’ relationships and print capabilities complement our own, combining with our award-wining mobile app line to greatly advance our mission of making the world’s art accessible to all the world. We can now look forward to working with not just one thousand, but many thousands of museums, helping them use Internet-era tools to connect them and their collections with the rapidly expanding community of art lovers, art students, and art creators around the world.
Gallery of the Louvre, S.B. Morse, 1831-33, Terra Foundation for American Art
Not that long ago, the only way art lovers could view the art they loved was by traveling to art museums in their local community and around the world, and the only communities art museums could draw on were their local ones and those art travelers. With our 1000Museums art acquisition, we here at Art Authority think we’ve taken a huge step in giving art lovers easy access to way more art, and art museums easy access to way more art lovers. We couldn’t be more pleased if we had acquired a Rembrandt ourselves!
Having moved from Spring to Summer, we here in the USA are about to celebrate our 240th Independence Day. Our latest Art Channel show commemorates and celebrates July 4, 1776.
Fourth of July Number 1 by Florine Stettheimer
Frames make beautiful art even more beautiful. Indeed, framing is itself an art form.
We here at Art Authority have been working with renowned framing authority Eli Wilner & Company to adapt their frames for use throughout the Art Authority museum.
Eli Wilner & Co. have designed a specific frame for each of our museum’s eight period rooms, and these frames are now available in the latest upgrade to Art Authority for iPad, version 4.10.2.
From the basic beauty of Early art, to the elegance of the Baroque, to the desire of Romanticism and the statements of Modern and Contemporary, we think Wilner frames are the perfect finishing touch to the paintings by over 1500 of the world’s greatest artists.
We look forward to additional work with Eli Wilner & Co. in the months ahead.
As the seasons move from spring to summer, so too with Art Channel for Apple TV. Our newest show, for the upcoming summer solstice, is “Sunrise, Sunset.” It joins our “Spring Landscapes,” “May Day” and “Mother’s Day Cassatts” seasonal shows.
Following Landscapes for Spring in April, the month of May brings three new shows to our Art Channel on Apple TV.
First, a short show celebrating May Day, the first of May.
Second, an in-depth homage to mothers and Mother’s Day through the work of Impressionist Mary Cassatt. Few, if any, have portrayed the bond between mother and child better.
Third, a show focusing on the work of Sandro Botticelli, whose classic work “Primavera (Allegory of Spring)” brings us back full circle.
We’re pleased to announce our newest show on the Art Channel for Apple TV: “Landscapes for Spring.” Landscapes fit particularly well on HD TV’s and we’ve got over 50 of the best of them. Shining particularly brightly are the beauty and power of Frederic Church’s Heart of the Andes and Twilight in the Wilderness.
Happy Spring, and Happy Easter!
We’re happy to announce the next show on our Apple TV Art Channel. “Easter Story” joins our recently announced “Valentine’s Day Inspirations” and “Highest Priced” shows, along with older favorites like “All-time Highlights” and a great selection of period shows. “Easter Story” includes almost 700 years worth of paintings from Botticelli, Fra Angelico and of course Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Plus much more.
We’re also pleased to announce that monthly subscriptions are now available to the Art Channel, which give you access to art well beyond what’s in the free and preview shows available for everyone. And videos. Even better, subscriptions are only 99 cents per month, and there’s a 7-day free trial. So we’re hoping you’ll sign up today.
We are pleased to announce Art Authority for iPad version 4.10.1. Here’s what’s new:
- Increased resolution for iPad Pro. If you have an iPad Pro, check out in particular the thumbnail arrays.
- Spotlight search now includes titles of previously-viewed works. Once you’ve viewed a work in the app, any Spotlight search you do (from the iPad’s home screen) will include that work’s title in the list, letting you jump directly to that work in the app. You can also search by artist, location and period.
- Many additional works (now 100,000+), artists (1500+), and locations (900+). Thanks especially to our interns here. New artists have been added based on our ongoing study of the Western world’s most significant ones.
- New subject: Shakespeare. Being based in Ashland, Oregon, home of the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, it was about time we did this!
Art Authority for iPad 4.10.1 is a free update, available from the App Store today.