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Figuring the Unfigurable

Figuring the Unfigurable is an online exhibition created for LIS-697, Florentine Art & Culture: Museum and Library Research and Documentation.  Learning objectives achieved: research and communication.

Project Title: Figuring the Unfigurable: Symbolism in Florentine Art and Culture.

Project URL: https://figuringtheunfigurable.wordpress.com

Project Description: This project takes the form of an online exhibition catalog created for Florentine Art and Culture (LIS 697). The writing and images work together to support my thesis, which asserts that symbolic and abstract thought made a significant impact upon artistic output that can be seen across religious and secular boundaries throughout Florentine culture.

Methods:  I used primary and secondary research methods, making use of printed materials, scholarly articles, and on-site observational research at museums and cultural sites in Florence, Italy.

My Role: I am the single author of this work.

Learning Objective Achieved: Research

Rationale: This project required that I develop a thesis topic and then conduct research to develop an argument in support of my thesis. The exhibition component of the project required that I assemble a collection of images in addition to text-based evidence. In order to accomplish this, I combined secondary research with primary research, including visits to museums, monasteries, libraries, and piazzas to both visually evaluate works of art and architectural elements and to document them through photography. In addition, I utilized and became familiar with a number of visual and art historical research tools and resources crucial to art librarianship, such as ArtStor, the Web Gallery of Art, and the Getty Research Portal, among others.

Additional Learning Objective Achieved: Communication

Rationale: Of course, the key point to publishing an exhibition catalog, whether online or in print, is to communicate content. This project illustrates successful communication techniques, combining text and images in order to support an overarching thesis. It does so in both a visually compelling and easy to navigate manner and was built utilizing WordPress, a popular web-publishing tool used for creating websites and for blogging.

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