In October 2002 the Institute for the History of Art at the Ludwig Maximilian
University in Munich invited representatives from various fields - history of
art, media sciences, architecture and IT - to a colloquium to discuss the
methodical implications of digital information processing for the research and
teaching of the history of art. The themes were computer-aided teaching methods,
the digital picture and its classification in databases and also the spatial
visualisation of (art-historical) knowledge.
The articles at hand originate from this colloquium. The organisation was
made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of the VW Foundation and the
Siemens Arts Program. The VW Foundation has also supported this online
It was not only the subject of the colloquium that made the digital publication
of the papers in an online journal obvious, but it proved to be ideal to use the
Online Journal Zeitenblicke as an organ of speech which characterises our
colloquium - the coalescence of contributions on one topic from various
The editors' introductory text will give you an overview of the various articles.
At this point we would like to thank the authors and guests for their
commitment and participation in the colloquium. Our thanks also go to Sabine
Büttner and Yvonne Bruderrek for their dedicated editorial work and to the
publishing team of Zeitenblicke for making the publication possible.
Munich, April 2003