The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of art sales from the 1600s and 1700s

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’.

New Article: M. Lincoln & A. Fox, Temporal Dimensions of the London Art Auctions, 1780-1835

M. Lincoln & A. Fox, Temporal Dimensions of the London Art Auctions, 1780-1835

Abstract (DOI)

Fig. 10 James Gillray, A Peep at Christie’s;—or—Tally-ho, & his Nimeney-pimmeney taking the Morning Lounge, published 24 Sept. 1796, etching and aquatint, hand coloured, 35 x 25.7 cm. Collection of the British Museum, London (1868,0808.6552)  Digital image courtesy of Trustees of the British Museum, London
Fig. 10 James Gillray, A Peep at Christie’s;—or—Tally-ho, & his Nimeney-pimmeney taking the Morning Lounge, published 24 Sept. 1796, etching and aquatint, hand coloured, 35 x 25.7 cm. Collection of the British Museum, London (1868,0808.6552) Digital image courtesy of Trustees of the British Museum, London

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.

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CONF: 3rd DHA Conference – dha2016

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

DHA Conference Program

Register here

Two noteworthy talks on art markets are by Johannes Nathan and Christian Huemer:

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 14:00-16:00 Collections, Collecting and the Art Market. Digital perspectives for Art Historical Research I (organized by Anna Frasca-Rath)

  • Das “Art Market Dictionary“. Datenerhebung im unebenen Feld
    Johannes Nathan, Nathan Fine Art Zürich/Potsdam & TU Berlin
  • Mapping Markets. Der Getty Provenance Index auf dem Prüfstand
    Christian Huemer, Getty Research Institute

RE-POST: German-American Exchange Program for Provenance Research, 2017-2019

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.

Information for Applicants PDF : prep-call-for-applications-2016

For questions about the German/American Provenance Research Exchange Program or the application process, please contact Smithsonian Institution Provenance Research Initiative (provenance@si.edu) or the German project coordinators at the Zentralarchiv of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (prep@hv.spk-berlin.de).

Source : ZIKG (accessed 19 Oct, 2016) and Arthist.net (accessed 20 Oct, 2016)