provenance research

Unknown Drawing, Unknown Provenance

The Witt Library at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, with its approximately 2 million reproductions (see photo) after works of art that are often accompanied by provenance information, is an invaluable research for provenance researchers. I went to the Witt Library while conducting provenan...

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Provenance research case study: identifying an unidentified collector

The following case study describes the process I undertook to identify with certainty the full name—whose surname and only first initial were provided—of a collector listed in a provenance. Two of Giambattista Tiepolo’s Punchinello drawings (one currently in the Morgan Library, pictured here, ...

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A provenance research case study

Sometimes when doing provenance research you find yourself at a dead end.  All the typical resources have been consulted and all usual avenues of research have been exhausted.  So what do you do in that case?  Let me give you an example of one instance I’ve come across in my research that left ...

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