Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
Museums and data
- The Association of Art Museum Directors has released an “Art Museums by the Numbers” report, and it’s full of interesting facts. For example, did you know the average art museum spends $53.17 per visitor, but collects only $7.93 in admission fees and sales?
- Museums are now tracking how fast visitors move through the galleries and which pieces draw the greatest crowds through a new form of data mining technology: digital beacons.
- Hopefully that information can help combat the continuing drop in arts attendance in the US that the National Endowment for the Arts is reporting.
Art and worship
- Yaakov Stark’s murals at the Ades Synagogue in Jerusalem (“The Sistine Chapel of the Jews,” according to Tablet Magazine) are being restored. (By the way, you might be interested in seeing more beautiful synagogues in Artstor.)
- Meanwhile, in Milan there’s a church that looks much bigger in the inside than it does on the outside, thanks to clever trompe-l’œil.
- This is a clever way to make people look closely: A museum in England is hiding a forgery among its masterpieces to spark discussion about how and why we appreciate the art.
- Are you reading this blog post in one of the 50 most majestic libraries in the world?
- And yes, we know we’re nerds, but we never get enough of medieval marginalia.