The term "digital art history" has become a shorthand reference to the potentially transformative effect that digital technologies hold for the discipline of art history. Advanced technologies are making research materials more widely accessible and allowing scholars to ask and answer new questions. The latest tools and techniques allow researchers to handle large volumes of digitized images and texts, trace patterns and connections formerly hidden from view, recover the past in virtual environments, and bring the complex intricacies of works of art to light as never before, to name just a few opportunities.

Through its new initiative, the Getty Foundation is providing grants that allow art historians to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by these technologies. Grants support training to prepare art historians to work with new technologies, innovative research and publication projects that will establish new models for the field, and convenings to address key issues in digital art history.