An Undergraduate Fellow’s Experience at The Frick

November 15, 2017

Gaby Bloom is a current Wired! Fellow who interned at the Frick Collection in New York this past summer. Here she describes her work with Wired! and how she was able to apply this experience at the Frick:

I have been working in the Wired! Lab since my sophomore year when I started working with Professor Huffman on her project, A Portrait of Venice. During this time, I used Neatline and Omeka to map out the provenance of paintings owned by prominent collectors in Venice during the sixteenth century. I learned how to use the software and developed a strong interest in studying provenance. When I returned from my semester abroad in Aix en Provence, France, last spring, I joined Professor Galletti on her project, Paris of Waters. I studied secondary source documents and then began compiling a dataset of fountains in Paris. I will continue working on this project this year.

This past summer, I interned at the Frick Collection’s Digital Art History Lab, which is connected to the Frick Art Reference Library. I worked specifically on the Frick’s Vermeer database, enhancing the database. I also researched visualization tools and used these tools to display data from the Vermeer database. The research experience and skills I learned in the Wired! Lab really helped me to excel in my internship. My supervisors valued my knowledge of Omeka and Neatline as well as my knowledge of other visualization tools. By the end of my internship, I had created a timeline of Vermeer attributions (screenshot shown above). I mapped out five different catalogue raisonnés to examine the occurrence of different paintings in Vermeer literature. This internship enabled to learn about the inner workings of an art museum as well as to expand my knowledge about the art world, and the Wired! Lab helped me get there!

Image Credit: Gaby Bloom