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Open-source platform maps artwork provenance

Screenshot of Mapping Paintings, showing the migration of Titian’s “Europa” (screenshot via mapping by Boston University professor Jodi Cranston, Mapping Paintings is an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of sales or transactions. It allows you to select artworks of interest and visualize their records across time and space, as plotted on a map.

It’s still in the early stages of development, but one particularly neat feature of Mapping Paintings is that it lets you filter through its database and overlay the paths of selected artworks on one map. So you can compare how different pieces by the same artist have traveled or where artworks currently owned by the same museum came from.

Besides contributing new individual entries to the database, users can also publish what the site deems a “project” — a custom-made map tracking the movement of any number of artworks whose images you upload and whose provenances you enter yourself. All projects are sent to an administrator for review; only those that are accepted as accurate will be added to the online library.

via Hyperallergic


Getty Provenance Index® Databases adds art sales records

Left: The Entombment, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1612, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum; Right: Inventory number on The Entombment (detail). Digital images courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain. This brings the cumulative Databases holdings to more than 1.7 million records taken from source material such as archival inventories, auction catalogs, and dealer stock books. Quantity and scope of available research material varies by region, period, and type of document, and records are continually expanded and enriched on a regular basis. Visit Search the Getty Provenance Index® Databases for more information.

Art auction quiz

The New York Times has a quiz today, “Are You Smarter than a Billionaire?” which asks you to guess which item, in a pair from this week’s auction sales, got the highest price.   There are some surprises.  To help get you in the right frame of price reference: the Modigliani below fetched $170 million.


Artsy named Best Art Website Education (accessed April 30, 2014)Artsy was named Best Art Website at the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection and is powered by The Art Genome Project. The New York Times has dubbed the award the “internet’s highest honor.”

via ArtDaily

Francis Bacon triptych buyer revealed

bacon-auction-3_2732553bIn case you’re dying of curiousity about who bought the Francis Bacon triptych for a record-breaking $142.4 million at the Christie’s auction in November (as reported here at the Red Dot), it has been revealed.  The New York Times reported that is was  Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of casino owner Steve Wynn.  And in case you’d like to see it, she’s lent it to the Portland Art Museum where it will be on view through March 30.

A good reason to go to garage sales

ding-wareYou could find yourself $2.2 million richer.  A family in New York just sold a bowl through auction at Sotheby’s for that amount.  They bought the bowl at a garage sale in 2007 for $3.  Yes, $3.    Turns out it was rare “Ding ware” from the Song Dynasty, approximately 1,000 years old.  So, keep your eyes open.

From Culture Monster in the LA Times

Get out your metal detectors!

A lucky person with a metal detector uncovered a Roman helmet last year, which is now going up for auction at Christie’s (on Oct. 7).  It’s expected to fetch between $315,000 and $470,000.  It is one of only three of its caliber and design  (with complete face masks)  ever discovered in England.  It was found in the northwest, and was in 74 fragments when found.

Read the full press release here.  And, read about the ownership/right-to-sell controversy here, along with a film clip of Christie’s antiquities specialist which shows more details of the helmet.

UPDATE – it went for over $3 million!!!  Read the story here.

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