Online downtime: A data-led Timeline of Art

One of the most fabulous things about living south of the river is my simultaneous access to green space – a premium in London – and proximity to Tate Britain’s glorious, ground-breaking and “why hasn’t this been done before”-inducing Walk Through British Art. Or so you’d think.

Despite living half an hour away and working just a 15 minute walk from it, I don’t frequent it half as often as I ought. BAD Amy.

Now, I could sit here and make a whole host of excuses:

  • I’m a woman with a demanding job
  • and even more demanding side projects in design, copywriting, content production;
  • and a full time Airbnb hostess to boot.
  • Woe is me.

…But they’d be just that: excuses.

The real explanation is that I’m easily distracted. If months can go by without me checking in on my nearest, dearest friends who live only a few miles down the road, then you can bet I only visit my beloved Tate Britain a handful of times per year.

Enter Cadogan Tate’s Timeline of Art

These admittedly lame excuses have made me pursue artfulness through avenues, though. I recently lost nigh-on an hour in Cadogan Tate’s new online gallery. The fine art logistics specialist has created a free-to-view ‘Timeline of Art‘. It allows us to view a collection of paintings chosen from the early Renaissance right through to Andy Warhol’s Pop Art collection.

Cadogan Tate Timeline of Art Arts End of Nowhere

(Yes, I’m thinking it too: the copyright alone is pretty impressive.)

The wealth of art content online makes it difficult to pinpoint the most pertinent (and true!) information. According to Google Trends, the term ‘Mona Lisa,’ for example, yields well over 23 million results.

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I found it a useful, interesting and a nice way to spend some downtime online, for which it was intended. “Of course there’s nothing like standing in the presence of an actual piece to appreciate the mesmeric beauty of the works we’ve chosen. But we felt this medium would provide an excellent introduction, and perhaps inspire viewers to seek out actual pieces that were of interest,” said a spokesperson from Cadogan Tate.

They’ve used Google Trends to curate the collection; taking heed of the most searched-for artworks with a few that are more under-the-radar.

Take a look and choose your favourite here. Call me a society girl all you like, for mine is a Renoir: Bal du Moulin de la Galette.

Cadogan Tate Timeline of Art Bal du moulin de la Galette

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