It's amazing what you'll find when you count art!

Can art and statistics get along?

Check out this introductory video about the Art of Counting project. Learn how we combine art historical research and statistics to better understand our shared visual history.

The Red Looped Sash

New research on an enigmatic element of royal regalia.

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Every detail matters

Correlation

Guess what? You already understand it.

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Gorgeous colors & resplendent details are a gift from the past not to be wasted.

Ground-breaking research

Download the PhD dissertation, Excel spreadsheets of raw data and more!

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Hacking the Ankh

What does this ubiquitous Egyptian symbol really mean?

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Uncovering patterns hidden in plain sight

Factor analysis and art history

How does it work and what can it reveal?

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You put your botany in my Egyptology!

Ancient Egypt's lappet wig

Examination of pharaoh's most democratic headgear.

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Every piece is important to solving the puzzle!

Tacky Tourists

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Hacking the Atef crown

A brief discussion of this elaborate crown at Medinet Habu.

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Not just pretty pictures...

though we do have a lot of pretty pictures.

Directed vs. Data-driven research

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Cluster analysis & art history

It's not as scary as it looks!

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Hacking the king's sandals

In-depth discussion on the symbolism of pharaoh's footwear.

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  • Eye candy: video for 70 Million

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    An unusual and eye-catching music video based on art history set to the song 70 Million by Hold Your Horses.  Enjoy! 70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L’Ogre on Vimeo.

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  • iPad helping University of Cincinnatti archaeologists uncover secrets at Pompeii

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    I love it when technology solves an old problem or facilitates discoveries!  This new method for recording excavation information in the field is infinitely more efficient than the traditional ‘pencil and paper’ method, allowing the researcher to instantly retrieve information. Ellis credits the introduction of …

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  • Tacky Tourist: The Flasher

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    Our ongoing series of tourist doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will elicit a chortle, some will stun you into silence, and some will make you want to find these people and teach them some manners.  This girl was at least persistent.  Despite …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt-part 4

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    What meaning did the red looped sash worn at the king’s waist hold for those who saw his image?  What message was it intended to convey?  In this final post (the last in a four-part series) on the looped red sash, all of the threads …

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  • Tacky Tourist: Well, at least she is staying hydrated

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you guffaw, some will cause you to bellow in annoyance, and some will make you want to find these folks and forcibly take their passports.  This one, taken at Deir …

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  • Tacky Tourist: The Problem

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you wail like my 2 year-old, some will give you a giggle, and some will make you want to post a guard next to every decorated wall with a taser …

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  • Andrew Sullivan shows that we’re not alone: Indologists

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    While this website has no political agenda, we do wish to recognize anyone that seeks to bring multiple perspectives, approaches, philosophies, and an array of academic expertise to any subject.  For example, the Art of Counting seeks to blend visual analysis with statistical analysis across …

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  • The red looped sash: an enigmatic element of royal regalia in ancient Egypt-part 3

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    What message is the looped sash worn at the king’s waist meant to convey?  Why is it almost always painted red, and what meaning does that facet add to the inherent significance of the sash itself? The previous posts in this four-part series (the first …

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  • Directed searching vs. Data-driven research

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    The Art of Counting project is based on the combination of a custom-built relational database and advanced statistical methods.  The database revolves around a core of variables that are recorded in a binary (yes or no) manner.  In the case of my dissertation project, which …

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  • Tacky Tourist: The Stroker

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    Our ongoing series of tourists doing or wearing, shall we say…interesting things.  Some will make you chortle, some might make you bawl, and some will encourage you to station yourself with a whisk at some of these monuments to slap the hands of those who …

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.