Two new databases available on Internet

13/01/2008 – Internet – United-Kingdom and Pau, Musée du Château – Internet databases for art works are flourishing, providing art historians with valuable work tools. Two of these were recently inaugurated online.

The purpose of The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings is to ultimately offer a complete selection of non-British European paintings held in public collections in the United Kingdom. Their number is estimated to be 22,000 (8,000 are currently online). Its developers belong to the University of Glasgow and the project is financially supported by the National Gallery in London as well as by the Getty Foundation, the Kress Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Another initiative, a French one this time, offers the drawings of the Musée du château de Pau. Rather than being just a database, it is truly a catalogue raisonné drawn up at the same time as the exhibition Avec Panache showing at the museum until 24 February 2008. The database was drawn up under the auspices of the RMN which already initiated the one devoted to sculpted outside décors at Versailles.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 13 janvier 2008

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