The Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art published an enhanced version of its Summer 2019 issue. The issue features E. Melanie Gifford’s “Rubens’s Invention and Evolution: Material Evidence in The Fall of Phaeton,” which reveals a newly discovered campaign of revision that augments our understanding of Rubens’s working process. The article is particularly innovative in employing various digital enhancements (developed in coordination with Jennifer Henel, Vice President for Communications with the Digital Art History Society).
This new version has both IIIF imagery and non-IIIF imagery. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) allows the user to study The Fall of Phaeton up to a microscopic level using a range of technical images and paint samples. The enhanced version also offers the ability to view annotations for these images in situ when an image opens in the multi-modal viewer window. Implementation of the hotspot function has, additionally, expanded content to include a timeline of the painting’s progression through the three stages.