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ART 370 | Museum Studies

Professor McNulty

Museum Catalogs

Museum catalogs focus on a period or genre of art found within a particular museum. Photo of Getty Center

Within these catalogs, you'll find scholarly opinions, conservation reports, provenance, and a bibliography.

If you know which museum a particular work of art is found within, try searching for a museum catalog within WorldCat.

Your search would be something like this:  "Metropolitan Museum of Art" AND catalog.

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Catalogues Raisonnés

Catalogues Raisonnés list and describe all of the works by a particular artist.   Sometimes they will focus on groups of artists, a particular medium used by the artist, or on a particular time period. 

For each work listed in the Catalogues Raisonnés,  the following is provided:

  • titlePicture of the cover of a Catalogue Raisonne
  • images
  • medium
  • dimensions
  • description of various states, or editions
  • discussion of related work, commentary by the curator
  • provenance
  • bibliography of articles discussing the work

Ofttimes, but not always, the Catalogues Raisonnés will also contain:

  • biographical information 
  • questionable works
  • examples of the artist's signature

Search for Catalogues Raisonnés within WorldCat.


Image source:  Google Books.  1830.  Public domain. 

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