Besides studying the recurring depiction of motifs over time, art history is also concerned with the analysis of form. Formalists, such as Heinrich Wölfflin (1864-1945) and Alois Riegl (1858-1905) , ask “What is it […] that makes us recognise immediately a family resemblance between the architecture, painting, sculpture and ornament of a single period and to distinguish them from those of another?” (Michael Hatt: Art History. A Critical Introduction to its Methods, Manchester Uni Press, 2006,5)
Computer-based methods also enable to study form, as has been done by the Computer Vision group. Works included an analysis of the correspondence between early modern facades, the reconstruction of copying and drawing processes of medieval manuscripts, or as currently, the analysis of street art and graffiti writing.
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Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) (Oral), 2018.
Morphological Analysis for Investigating Artistic Images Journal Article
In: Image and Vision Computing, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 414-423, 2014.
Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision, Workshop on VISART, vol. 7583, Springer, 2012.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Processing, IEEE, 2011.