104/ Historical past of my mission in progress (1): Statistical evaluation on the nominal degree

“A group is all the time greater than is important” Susan Sontag ‘The Vulcano Lover’ Classic London 1993, p.72

The French Venus model 2.1.4 has been revealed as the newest a part of a sequence of catalogues from the Digital Thematic Analysis Assortment ‘The Iconography of Venus from the Center Ages to Trendy Instances’ (1). Webpage My Challenge of this Weblog presents “What – How – Why – Outcomes – Preservation – Software” of this assortment (2). The dataset with totally categorized meta-data counts presently 20,520 artworks of seven,712 recognized artists from throughout Europe (Fig.1). It’s time to replace the statistical evaluation of those information as a result of the compilation has been prominently improved with enhanced digital entry to quite a few collections and archives since 2004 (Desk 1).

Determine 1. Histogram of numbers of artworks and artists

Numbers in particular person volumes on left scale, complete numbers on proper scale

Vol.1.1 The Italian Venus (2007), Vol.2.1 The French Venus (2009),Vol.1.3 The Venus of the Low International locations (2010),Vol.1.4 The German, Swiss and Central-European Venus (2012), Vol.1.5 The British and Irish Venus (2013), Vol.1.6 The Venus of the Japanese, Southern and Northern European Areas (2014),Vol.1.2 The Italian Venus revisited (2018), Vol.2.1 The French Venus revised model 2.1.4 (2021)

Desk 1.  Variety of artworks and artists in eight volumes


The artworks and their meta-data are categorized into 18 major matters, following examples of present iconographic collections of Greek-Roman mythology, however with the strict rule of mutual exclusiveness of all entries within the catalogues (3). This enables for a statistical evaluation on the nominal degree on this submit. The following posts will current the analyses on the ordinal and interval ranges.

Statistical evaluation on the nominal degree: rating the information

From Desk 1 it’s clear that the second and third compilation intervals have introduced the rating of Italy and France extra conform for the final theme Venus, among the many most represented within the canon of artwork historical past. However does this rating apply additionally for various matters outlined within the catalogues ? (4).

The instance for the Matters (6) Venus and Adonis and (10) The Judgment of Paris illustrates clearly that this isn’t the case. Fig.2 reveals the frequency percentages, outlined as variety of artworks of a Subject divided by the entire variety of artworks within the given catalogue:

·      *Venus and Adonis has been hottest in The Low International locations (Vol.3.1), a somewhat surprising end result with a frequency share = 17,5 or 461 artworks

·       * The Judgment of Paris ranks highest with a frequency share = 11,7 or 374 artworks in Vol.4.1 Germany and neighbours, likely initiated by the well-known a number of creations of Lucas CRANACH the Elder.

 Determine 2

Thus, the prolonged compilations of interval 2015-18 for Vol.1.2 The Italian Venus revisited and of interval 2019-21 for The French Venus v2.1.4 haven’t modified these rankings.

It’s one other demonstration of a analysis assortment, organized thematically/topically, disclosing quantitatively, and thus unbiased of interpretation, how artists of various areas have targeted on frequent tales.


  1.  See catalogues and drafts in academia edu See additionally web site ‘Venus Iconography’
  2.  Webpage ‘My Challenge’ on this Weblog 
  3.   See first submit of this Weblog: June 12, 2011 Whatare Topical Catalogues ? 
  4.   An in depth evaluation of frequency percentages of 18 matters in all catalogues was made in sequel VII of the sequence ‘Statistics in Artwork Historical past’ submit of ninth Might 2014: 41/ Amount in artwork historical past:does it matter? See Desk VII.2 and Fig.VII.3 of the submit.

    The Weblog counts seven posts Statistics in Artwork Historical past

    * February 5, 2013 28/’Statistics in Artwork Historical past (I): The satan in paradise’;

    * March 5, 2013 29/’Statistics in Artwork Historical past (II): The rise and decline of a fantasy’;

    * March 26, 2013 30/’Statistics in Artwork Historical past (III): The survival of a fantasy’;

    * Might 22, 2013 32/’Statistics in Artwork Historical past (IV): Artwork on the Market – Diffusion of Innovation and Product Consumption’;

    * June 29, 2013 33/’Statistics in Artwork Historical past (V): Drowning in numbers of artists’.

    * February 5, 2014 37/ Distant viewing: a pact with the satan within the paradise of artwork historical past – Statistics in Artwork Historical past (VI)

    * Might 9, 2014 41/ Amount in artwork historical past: does it matter? Statistics in Artwork Historical past (VII)

     See additionally 4 posts on this Weblog ‘Meta-Evaluation in Digital Artwork Historical past’

    A full transcription of those  posts has been revealed in academia edu

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