I am a retired academic in the 'hard' sciences. I am developing since 2004 a "Thematic Research Collection" with a comprehensive database (ca 24,000 records) of the iconography of Aphrodite/Venus. I compile and publish Topical Catalogues, extracted from the database.
In my Research Papers, I analyse the diversity, popularity and time distribution of topics, artworks and artists, based on the categorized information of the Topical Catalogues. I apply non-parametric statistics to these large samples and contribute to the quantitative approach in art history.
A remarkable finding is the applicability of Lotka's law of scientific productivity to art historical data.