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May 3, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Top 10 most viewed objects in Europeana for April

The most viewed objects in Europeana for April are in.
Here they are, most viewed first:

1. Meisje met de Parel (Girl with a Pearl Earring) by Johannes Vermeer. Still going strong:
Meisje met de parel

2. La pendeloque au cheval sautant – an archeological find that features on the first page of results on the timeline:
La pendeloque au cheval sautant

3. The Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton:
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica / 1

4. Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by van Gogh. This image was featured on the Europeana blog and the Europeana eNewsletter:
Zeegezicht bij Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer;Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

5. another seascape, this time by Pieter Bout, also in the Europeana eNewsletter:
Zeegezicht;Seascape;Vue sur mer

6. a 54 year old press photo of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the completion of the Afsluitdijk:
Herdenking 25 jaar geleden afsluiting Afsluitdijk. Minister Algera , dr. M. J. Prinsen

7. A poster commemoration the first two Olympic marathon winners. This image was featured in the Europeana Newsletter (by the way: highy recommmended, click here to sign up):
χρωμολιθογραφία

8. A 1912 painting of a sail boat by Robert Falk, from the Saratov State Museum of Art in Russia. This was also featured in teh eNewsletter:

9. A mosaic tiled floor from the Château de Polisy, featuring mermaids. Predictably, also featured in the eNewsletter:
Pavement du château de Polisy

10. a 1713 French map of the atlantic and the pacific. And yes, this was also featured in the eNewsletter:
Carte de la Mer du Sud et des costes d'Amerque [sic] et d'Asie, situées sur cette mer ; Carte de la Mer du Nord et des costes d'Amerique, d'Europe et d'Afrique, situées sur cette mer / par N. de Fer, géographe de sa Majesté catolique [sic] ; P. Starckman sculpsit

As always these 10 objects account for less than 1% of the total object views. All in all, 6 out of the Top 10 were featured in the eNewsletter, and 3 were featured on the ‘About us’ page. One thing that surprised me is that none of the Top 10 entries are audio or video clips, even though user surveys indicate that these are among the most popular items that Europeana holds, but seeing that most of the frequently visited pages come from the eNewsletter and the about-us-pages, that makes sense now.

For comparison, here are the Top 10’s for March and for February.

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