Where did Van Gogh Paint That? Find Out on a Map

Adam DuVander, February 12th, 2010

Google MapsBefore paintings hang in museums, the artists put brush to canvas out in the real world. A new site is looking to tie the two together with geocoded art. However, rather than show the location where you can see the artwork, it is instead mapped to the location depicted in the work.

From the site’s about page:

There are two mandatory criteria for inclusion in this collection, and two flexible criteria. The mandatory are that a) the image is a recognizable depiction of specific location (not just “Tuscan countryside”); and b) the image be in the public domain. The flexible criteria are that the image be beautiful, and/or be of an interesting place. A particular strength in either of the flexible criteria can compensate for weakness in the other. The images are almost exclusively oil paintings; there are a few water colors and lithographs that meet the criteria. In evaluating the vast number of drawings and etchings available, the principle applied was to ask whether the image adds more to the appreciation of the site than a good photograph would.

So, don’t expect to find Starry Night included. Though, yes, there are a couple other van Gogh paintings.

Geocoded Art

The site currently lists work from over 350 artists across more than a dozen regions, all plotted on your choice of a Google or Bing map.

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2 Responses to “Where did Van Gogh Paint That? Find Out on a Map”

May 18th, 2010
at 5:39 pm
Comment by: geocoded Art

Geocoded Art has taken a next step, into mobile, on-site access to landscape painting. A new “World” has been created in Wikitude:

October 25th, 2010
at 4:35 pm
Comment by: denise

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