Overview

Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. The collection embraces all media, from painting, drawing, sculpture and prints to photography, video and film, installation and performance. This dataset has metadata about many pieces from their collection.

http://www.tate.org.uk/about/our-work/collection/about-the-collection

Explore Structure




Index Type Example Value
0 dict { }
... ... ...
Key Type Example Value Comment
"width" float 0.0 The width of the piece of art, in millimeters. If it is unknown, this was replaced with "0".
"depth" float 0.0 The depth of the piece of art, in millimeters. If it is unknown, this was replaced with "0".
"height" float 0.0 The height of the piece of art, in millimeters. If it is unknown, this was replaced with "0".
Key Type Example Value Comment
"artist" dict { }
"data" dict { }
"dimensions" dict { }
"metadata" dict { }
Key Type Example Value Comment
"url" str "http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/abakanowicz-backs-t12981"
"medium" str "Burlap and resin"
"thumbnail" str "http://www.tate.org.uk/art/images/work/T/T12/T12981_8.jpg"
"title" str "Backs"
Key Type Example Value Comment
"location" str ""
"year" int 0 The year that the artist died. If the year is unknown, it was replaced with "0".
Key Type Example Value Comment
"gender" str "Female" The recorded gender of the artist, either "Male", "Female", or a blank string.
"death" dict { }
"role" str "artist"
"name" str "Abakanowicz, Magdalena"
"birth" dict { }
Key Type Example Value Comment
"location" str "Polska"
"year" int 1930 The year that the artist was born. If the year is unknown, it was replaced with "0".
Key Type Example Value Comment
"credit" str "Presented anonymously 2009"
"acquisition date" int 2009 The year that this particular art piece was acquired by the Tate art gallery. If the creation date was not known, it was replaced with "0".
"creation decade" int 1970 The 10-year period that this particular art piece was created in. If the creation date was not known, it was replaced with "0".
"creation year" int 1976 The year that this particular art piece was created in. If the creation date was not known, it was replaced with "0".

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Usage

This library has 1 function you can use.
import tate
list_of_art = tate.get_artwork()
Additionally, some of the functions can return a sample of the Big Data using an extra argument. If you use this sampled Big Data, it may be much faster. When you are sure your code is correct, you can remove the argument to use the full dataset.
import tate
# These may be slow!
list_of_art = tate.get_artwork(test=True)

Documentation

 tate.get_artwork(test=False)

Returns a list of all the pieces of art in the Tate collection.