ANN: Launch of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute Digital Archives – a repository of over 50000 digital resources at

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute has just announced the launch of the WPI Digital Archives – a repository of over 50,000 digital resources documenting the work of French dealers, collectors, and artists from the 18th to the 20th centuries. 

The materials that comprise the WPI Digital Archives were originally assembled by the Wildenstein Institute throughout the 20th century for provenance and catalogue raisonné research.

The Wildensteins joined forces with the Hasso Plattner Foundation to transform these archives into a state-of-the-art resource for art historians, scholars, and the general public.

In addition to the WPI Digital Archives, the Sales Catalogues database allows users to search 11,000+ pre-1945 annotated sales cataloguesfrom around the world. This expansive collection has been digitized and processed using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology–allowing these scanned materials to be searched by keyword, auction house, city, date, artist, or collector name.

Over the last four years, our international team of archivists, researchers, and developers has worked tirelessly to deliver an innovative interface where users can browse collections proficiently. It offers users plenty of space to view and engage with the high-definition scanned materials that will advance the study of art history.  

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