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Introduction to Digital Art History -- the 7th Session of "Out-of-Academic· Art Forum" was Successfully Held.

At 6:30 PM on December 17, 2020, the seventh "Out-of-Academic· Art Forum", jointly organized by the School of Fine Arts of Nanjing Normal University and the Art Montly Art Center(AMAC) was held at Xuezheng Building of Xianlin Campus. This lecture was delivered by Feng Baifan (Associate professor, School of Art, Anhui University of Engineering).

Feng Baifan, born in 1982, doctor of Fine Arts, Nanjing University of the Arts. He is currently working as associate professor in the School of Art, Anhui University of Engineering, head of  major of visual Communication Design (jointly run by Chinese and foreign universities), director of teaching management office, and the academic consultant of Art Montly magazine. His works include "Rembrandt's Enterprise: Studio and Art Market", and "Painting Handbook: Materials, Techniques, Forms, And Contents". His research interests include art history, art galleries and digital art history.

Professor Feng introduced that even in today's digital globalization, digital art history is still a new field. And there are few relevant materials available for direct search. However, under such circumstances, he was not satisfied with the conservative status quo in the study of art history. So he began to look for more possibilities to study art history and finally found an outlet.

At the beginning of the lecture, Professor Feng analyzed the backwardness of art history research from the perspective of the development of art history research. He then used the work of Svetlana Alpers and Gary Schwartz, among others, to lead to a new model of research -- social dynamics. At the same time, Professor Feng presented a case study of the historical dynamics of the late Byzantine crisis and asks three questions: have other disciplines already influenced the history of art? How far has this influence progressed? What is the root cause of this change? Along with these three questions, he explained his research results on the way of knowledge generation from the following aspects: first, the traditional knowledge and its way of life; second, the knowledge stop point system that gradually fails; finally, the collapse of the knowledge pyramid and the formation of the knowledge network. In addition, Professor Feng also introduced several pioneers in the field of social history: Gary Schwartz, Svetlana Alpers, Francis Haskell. All of them have explored the research way towards "knowledge network" in their own times.

At the end of the lecture, Professor Feng shared a large number of database platforms, magazines and other good learning resources with the students. Mr. Meng Yao made a summary of the lecture. And the lecture came to a successful conclusion in the academic atmosphere.