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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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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My discovery of provenance research

In graduate school, my art historical interests shifted once again; this time from England and France to Italy, and from the nineteenth century to the eighteenth.  I decided to write my doctoral dissertation on Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s Punchinello drawings (more on those in a future post).  A...

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