expanded its coverage of German auction sales catalogs (previously
spanning 1930–1945) to include those from 1900 to 1929, enabling a
fuller understanding of this volatile period and of the dealers
and collectors involved. More than 3,140 auction catalogs from
over 130 auctions houses from dozens of cities across Germany and
Austria were added to the Sales Catalogs database. Over 568,500 records
are now searchable online, containing paintings,
sculptures, drawings, and miniatures.
New Sales Data Trace the First Hundred Years of the British Auction Market
The Getty Provenance Index has, for three decades, been a leading resource for scholarship on the history of collecting. Founded in the early 1980s by Burton Fredericksen, the first curator of paintings for the Getty Museum, the Provenance Index has evolved into a collection of online databases with 1.75 million records indexing the works of art described in source documents such as auction catalogs, archival inventories, and dealer stock books. This data can be used to trace the ownership of works of art and to examine patterns in collecting and art markets.
Read Eric Hormell’s full announcement about the exciting addition of 138,000 database records on ‘the Getty iris’.
The rush of activity among London’s auction houses in the first few weeks of summer has long been a familiar occurrence that persists even today. However, this intense seasonal concentration of sales was not always so. This paper draws on quantitative methods to explore the gradual emergence of a tightly scheduled auction season in London at the turn of the nineteenth century, focusing on the sale of paintings.
The 3rd Digital Humanities Austria Conference will take place in Vienna from the 5th of December to the 7th of December 2016 at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Organizer: Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, Network & Outreach
Apply before November 18: PREP German-American Exchange Program for Provenance Research, 2017-2019
Applications for the Provenance Research Exchange Program (PREP) in 2017 are now open until 18 November 2016. In order to access the application form, prospective applicants first need to register via the Smithsonian Online Application Platform SOLAA.
For questions about the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program or the application process, please contact Smithsonian Institution Provenance Research Initiative (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the German project coordinators at the Zentralarchiv of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (email@example.com).