Paper 33

2018 Washington conference submission

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‘Reformation to Restoration’: IIIF-Enabled Research on Tudor and Stuart Paintings

Edward Town - Yale Center for British Art (United States), Michael Appleby - Yale Center for British Art (United States)

Abstract: ‘Reformation to Restoration’ is a research project at the Yale Center for British Art which investigates the production of art in Britain in the early modern period. For many years this has been an unfashionable subject, which has suffered badly from the fact that the vast majority of Tudor and early Stuart paintings are poorly documented and often carry spurious identities and attributions. The ‘Reformation to Restoration’ project combines close technical examination using multi-spectral imaging, microscopy and dendrochronology with a broad approach to aggregating data. There are now over 2000 paintings included in the project’s database, along with a significant number of conservation-science images such as cross-sections, x-rays, and infra-red reflectograms. These have been brought together under the aegis of a specially-crafted Mirador instance which has facilitated accurate cataloguing and has resulted in a host of important discoveries that are transforming this field of study. The presentation will include demonstrations of IIIF-compatible software developed at the Center in support of the project, including an interface for collecting content and managing user-created annotations.

Presentation type: 20 minute presentations (plus 5 mins questions)


  • IIIF enabled collaboration,
  • IIIF-compatible software and experimentation


  • Museums,
  • Advanced Imaging Techniques,
  • Art History,
  • Conservation,
  • Collaboration,
  • IIIF-Enabled Software