Project Narrative

 

The data for this project comes from the Getty Museum Provenance project where they aimed to track their purchases and origins of the art that has flowed through their museum. I was able to parse it down and use only the year of sale, nationality of the artist (country of origin), and how many pieces were bought from each country during the 6 years of World War II.  This project is being approached from a historical perspective, because it focuses on the art that was sold to the museum during World War II, and my audience is, more than likely, art historians or other individuals involved in academia. My three potential research questions are:

 

As the war progressed, did the origins of the art correspond with Nazi-occupied countries?

 

How does this data compare to the data five years before the war? Did the Getty purchase more art from Nazi-occupied countries?

 

How does this data correspond with Nazi-looted art?