Artists’ Studios in Paris: Digitally Mapping the 18th-Century Art World

Hannah Williams




Abstract: Paris is a city renowned for its artistic communities. Yet while the art-world neighborhoods of modernist Paris are so well-known, we are far less familiar with the urban lives of the city’s earlier generations of artists. Where were the artists’ studios of eighteenth-century Paris? Which neighborhoods formed the cultural geography of the early modern art world? These questions have driven the archival research and digital development behind a large-scale mapping project: Artists in Paris: Mapping the 18th-Century Art World. This article outlines the initial objectives that inspired this project, the process followed in the various research and development stages, and some of the challenges faced along the way. Then, analyzing maps and data from the site, the article offers some preliminary findings regarding new insights offered into the cultural geography and demography of the Paris art world in the eighteenth century, as well as suggesting potential avenues for further research made possible by this digital mapping project.

As part of the digital innovations of this special issue on art history and digital mapping, this article has been produced by Nancy Um on Quire, a digital publication framework developed by Getty Publications. Special thanks are extended to Greg Albers, Digital Publications Manager, J. Paul Getty Trust, who offered extraordinary support and indispensable consultation throughout the process.


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Cite this article as: Hannah Williams, “Artists’ Studios in Paris: Digitally Mapping the 18th-Century Art World,” Journal18, Issue 5 Coordinates (Spring 2018), DOI: 10.30610/5.2018.1

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