Navigation and Searching

Norsk bruksanvisning (Norwegian Manual)

Navigation

The homepage offers two sets of links; links for information pages and contact are at the top, whereas links for the different search options are on the left. Once entered the site through one of the links on the homepage, all main navigation links will be at the top of each page in the system.  

 

 

Searching

The goal is to find links to images of specific biblical artwork. To start an image search, there are four optional points of departure:  

 

1. Biblical Subject

When to use this option:

- When you want to find illustrations for a biblical subject, and you have a rough opinion as to where in the Bible the subject belongs.

- When you want to get an overview of the Bible stories covered by the illustrations registered in this system.

- When you want to make an illustrated Bible tour.

How to use this option:  

a)

Click the link "Biblical Subject" on the banner. A new page appears.  

b)

Between the horizontal lines, there are three different headings of which two appear as links. The one which is plain text, is the current heading of the page. To choose one of the other two, click it!

(Note: The "Beyond Scripture" heading is to include subjects which relate to biblical characters, yet not to the biblical stories.)

c) 

In the list below, choose the link to which you believe your subject belongs, and click it! A new page appears.

(Note: Portraits of biblical characters may not be connected to specific Bible stories, and they are placed at the bottom of the Old Testament and the New Testament lists. When the subjects "Samuel, Kings, Chronicles: Genealogies" and "Song of Songs" (under "The Old Testament") or "Miscellaneous" (under "Beyond Scripture") is chosen, the next step (d) should be skipped.)

- Click the link "List of most frequently illustrated subjects" to see a list of the subjects (under the current heading) which have the highest number of artworks connected to them in the system. The list appears according to biblical chronology. Narrowing the search in this way, reveals the artists' favourites, and, hence, what may be the the most famous, dramatic, and exciting biblical stories. From the list, continue as from d.

d)

A list of subdivisions is now at hand. Let the mouse cursor hover over a link to see how many artworks the system connects to the subject, and the text reference(s) connected to it (if any). To choose a specific subject, click it! A new page appears.  

(Note: In the portrait lists the phrase "... in Various Compositions" is used many times. These subjects are for compositions where other elements are more prominent than the character to which the subject is connected.)

e)

The page of the subject always contains a heading, it normally contains one or several text references (absent at portraits and pictures connected to the "Beyond Scripture" section), and it sometimes contains additional notes. If another subject has a content related to the present one, a link to the corresponding page of that subject will appear. Finally, if a search for detail images is not chosen (see next paragraph), the page of the subject contains thumbnails representing artworks connected to the subject. They are displayed alphabetically according to the name of the artist. Choose a thumbnail and click it! A new page appears. (Go to f1).

- If the system has detail images connected to the subject, two horizontal lines will appear framing the options "Search for complete images" and "Search for detail images". The one appearing as plain text is the current choice. If "Search for complete images" is chosen, just click de thumbnail of the desired artwork, and a new page appears (go to f1). If "Search for detail images" is chosen, just click the desired detail description, and a new page appears (go to f2).

- If there are several pages of thumbnails, a navigation aid will appear. There will also be a link called "List of artists on this subject". If it is clicked, a new page appears (go to f3).  

- If an artwork has no image links connected to it in the database, the sign "*" will follow the name of the artwork below the thumbnail. If a bigger digital image of this artwork is wanted, the system can not help.

f1)

The page of the artwork is as far as the system goes; the chosen artwork is presented at the top of the page, with links to host(s) and image(s) below. When a link is clicked, the target will appear in a new window.

(Notes: If there are links to detail images of the artwork, a detail description will accompany them. If an image-link is "dead" or produces other content than the desired image, one may click the link to the host's mainpage to try to find out if it has moved the image to another address on the site.)

- In the presentation of the artwork, let the mouse cursor hover over the artist's name to see nationality and years of birth and death. If the name is clicked, a new page will present all the artwork by this artist in the system (see the page of the artist (m)).

- In the presentation of the artwork, the subject(s) it is connected to appear(s) as link(s). If such a link is clicked, the page of the subject (see e) appears.  

f2)

The page of the artwork appears, but there is one difference from f1: There will be two horizontal lines framing the options "Images of the selected detail" and "All images of the current artwork". The one appearing as plain text is the current choice. Tho choose the other one, click it!  

f3) In the list of artists, click the desired one! If the artist has only one contribution to the subject, the page of the artwork will appear (as f1). If there are several contributions, a list of these artworks appears. When the desired work is clicked, the page of the artwork (as f1) appears below a horizontal line on the same page as the list.  

 

2. Biblical Text

When to use this option:

- When you want to find illustrations for a biblical subject, and you have a specific text reference at hand (for instance because you have found the text using an online Bible concordance).

- When you want to make an illustrated Bible tour.

How to use this option:  

g) Click the link "Biblical Text" on the banner. A new page appears.  
h)  Between the horizontal lines, there are two different headings of which one appears as link. The one which is plain text, is the current heading of the page. To choose the other one, click it!  
i)  In the list below, find the book in which the desired text belongs, and click it! A list of text pericope links appears.  
j) All the text references in the list are connected to a specific biblical subject. Let the mouse cursor hover over a link to see the name of the subject and the number of artworks connected to it in the system. Click the pericope corresponding to your text (if present). The page of the subject appears. Go back to e, and continue from there!  

 

3. Artist

When to use this option:

- When you want to see images of the biblical artwork of a specific artist.

How to use this option:  

k)  Click the link "Artist" on the banner. A new page appears.  
l) 

Between the horizontal lines, there are two different headings of which one appears as link. The one which is plain text, is the current heading of the page. To choose the other one, click it! The two headings represent two ways of finding the name of a specific artist; one may look in the list of artists (choose "Artist List"), or enter a search item (choose "Artist Search"). Let the mouse cursor hover over a name to see the number of artworks by this artist in the system. Once a desired name is found, click it! A new page appears.

(Note: Keep in mind that the latter option ("Artist Search") produces matches from the complete names (sometimes even variations of them, or nicknames) plus nationalities and years of birth and death. If, for instance, a search is made for "Piero della Francesca" in the artist list, it may be difficult to know whether to look up "P" or "F". By entering "Piero" or "Francesca" at the artist search, the problem is solved.)

m) 

The page of the artist, now appearing, offers two optional headings between the horizontal lines at the top. The one which is plain text, is the current heading of the page. To choose the other one, click it! If the "Thumbnails" option is chosen, thumbnails of the selected artist's artwork are displayed (go to n1). If "Represented in subjects" is chosen, a list of the subjects to which the artist has contributed, appears (go to n2). Let the mouse cursor hover over a link to see the text reference(s) connected to the subject (if any).

- When thumbnails are displayed: If an artwork has no image links connected to it in the database, the sign "*" will follow the name of the artwork below the thumbnail. If a bigger digital image of this artwork is wanted, the system can not help.

(Note: There may be detail images that connect the artist's artwork to other subjects than those listed when "Represented in subjects" is chosen.)

n1)

Between two horizontal lines, there are two optional ways to sort the thumbnails, either "Thumbnail order: alphabetical" or "Thumbnail order: chronological". The one with plain text shows the current sorting. To choose the other one, click it! "Chronological" means "according to biblical chronology", and artwork connected to the "Beyond Scripture" section will be sorted at the end. Click the desired artwork! The page of the artwork appears (see f1).

- If there are several pages of thumbnails on the page of the artist, a navigation aid will appear.

(Note: When a chronological order is established, it is based on the artworks' connection to one or several subjects in the system. Hence, if an artwork is connected to more than one subject, its thumbnail will appear several times when a chronological order is chosen. Let the mouse cursor hover over a thumbnail to see which subject connection the picture represents.)  

n2) Choose a subject, and click it! If the artist has only one contribution to the subject, the page of the artwork will appear (see f1). If there are several contributions, a list of these artworks appears. When the desired work is clicked, the page of the artwork (see f1) appears below a horizontal line on the same page as the list.  

 

4. Word

When to use this option:

- When you want to see images of artworks connected to a certain Bible story, but you have no idea as to where in the Bible the story is.

- When you want to see images of a certain biblical artwork that you know of, but all you remember is a couple of words from the title.

How to use this option:  

o)  Click the link "Word" on the banner. A new page appears.  
p) 

Enter the word or phrase that you want to search for, then choose one of the three options below. If "subjects having this word/phrase in its title" or "subjects that have this word/phrase in its title, or having artwork with this word/phrase in its title connected to them" is chosen, go to q1. If "artwork having this word/phrase in its title" is chosen, go to q2.  

q1) 

When the search button is clicked, a table of the matching subjects appear. They are displayed according to biblical chronology (see n1). Their paths are displayed in plain text to show where in the system the subject belongs. For instance, the subject "Taking Jericho" represents a subdivision under "Joshua", which again sort under "The Old Testament". If a desired subject is displayed, click it! The page of the subject appears. Continue as from e.  

q2) 

When the search button is clicked, thumbnails of matching artworks appear. They are displayed alphabetically according to the name of the artist. If a desired artwork's thumbnail is shown, click it! The page of the artwork now appears (see f1).

- If an artwork has no image links connected to it in the database, the sign "*" will follow the name of the artwork below the thumbnail. If a bigger digital image of this artwork is wanted, the system can not help.
- If there are several pages of thumbnails on the page, a navigation aid will appear.
There will also be a link called "List of artists with matching artwork". If this list is used, click the desired artist! If the artist has only one matching artwork, the page of the artwork will appear (as f1). If there are several matches, a list of these artworks is shown. When the desired work is clicked, the page of the artwork (as f1) appears below a horizontal line on the same page as the list.