Mexico Photo Collection Project

Ana Paula Salvat, M.A.

The Mexico Photo Collection Project involves researching and generating metadata of approximately 3,400 photos of Mexican artworks and architectural structures to compose an online art history database. This collection was created by Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen during field study trips to the Mexican cities of Cholula, Huejotzingo, Mérida, Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Puebla, as well as to the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza, Cuicuilco, Kabah, Monte Albán, Palenque, and Uxmal. These trips took place from 2014 to 2019 and were partly funded by the Getty Foundation. The current research aims to investigate the authorship of the objects, including their biographical data, ownership, title, period of production, materiality, technique, dimensions, information about destruction or conservation, location of the building or artwork, the indication of bibliographical sources, provenance, and artworks participation in exhibitions. The metadata has been produced according to a new art historical Conceptual Reference Model ontology of the International Committee for Documentation of the International Council of Museums (CIDOC-CRM) developed by the Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) in Zurich. The database will enable the search of images and data of significant artworks, architecture, and cultural institutions, providing reliable tools for students and researchers in Mexican and Mesoamerican art and architectural history.

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