Literature notes about literature notes?
Back in December 2020 I was just beginning my attempt to use Zettelkasten concepts to help me with my art history research. In the 5 months since, I have made a lot of notes, but I'm getting a little confused and could use some suggestions...
I am considering an artwork as an atomic unit. For example, let's use Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. I have a "biography" note with the image, the dates, the medium, and where it's currently housed, as well as the label information that the museum provides for it. So far, so good. I consider this a literature note.
then I start to read about this painting. I read about Van Gogh, about St. Remy where it was painted, about the use of thick oil paint/impasto technique. I read about about the Post-Impressionist art movement, as well as what influences it had. These are all literature notes as well.
Now it comes time for me to present this painting on a tour. I have MANY notes on this painting, starting with the basic "biography" note, but I also need to find information that's scattered across perhaps dozens of other notes in order to pull together interesting facts and stories, as well as to tie this painting to other works on my tour.
This is where I'm getting lost. It's a LOT to keep track of, and I worry that I may miss something. I get that I can have a structure note that lists links to all of these other notes in one place, but I'm curious about how I actually use all of these notes to build a cohesive presentation. Clearly I am missing something here.
thank you for your patience in reading, and any opinions/help you can offer!
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