A directory of french painting in Germany put online

23/06/2007 — Internet — Paris, INHA — The exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris, organized in 2005 by Pierre Rosenberg and David Mandrella had also resulted in the publishing of a directory of all the XVIIth and XVIIIth C. French paintings held in Germany. Thanks to the INHA (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art), this inventory is being published today on the internet in the form of a database.
The directory was in German but the database is in French. The advance research system can locate the works according to the following references : iconography, geography, chronological period, words in a title and also degree of attribution. It is even possible to locate all the paintings formerly attributed to a given artist.
The only criticism we might make of this undertaking concerns the pictures. They are a bit too small (although bigger than those in the book) and only in black and white. It is also unfortunate that the results of a search, appearing in the form of a list, are not accompanied by illustrations enabling one to have an instant idea of the composition [1]. Despite these reservations, there is no doubt that this database, completed within the scope of a research program on the history of taste, is highly interesting. We hope to soon see directories for Italian paintings in France and French paintings in Eastern Europe, both in preparation.

Link to the database (on the INHA website).

Version française

Didier Rykner, samedi 23 juin 2007


[1] One must type in the name of the work to see the illustration pop up.

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