Friday, November 27, 2020

History of Art and Media: the Death of Wolfe in New York


If you are one of those who got the digital New York Times subscription as soon as the pandemic and the lockdown left you craving information -- or even if you've been a lifer there -- you may have noticed the Times' current story/display about Benjamin West's painting "The Death of Wolfe" (paywalled, I've no doubt).

The analysis may be somewhat familiar to anyone who's taken a Canadian art history class. But the Times package is still a pretty impressive demonstration of what online media can turn a newspaper story into: a collage of text and images that just flows up your screen.  

As far as I know, there's no particular hook or anniversary or current analogy behind the story; they just felt like doing it, I guess.  A little CanHist, done up elegantly in the Big Apple.

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