Friday, January 25, 2008

Databases You May Have Missed: Art Databases

The Greenwich Libraries subscribe to many interesting and useful databases-- all too many of which are overlooked! This post is the first in a series highlighting databases that you may not have heard about. All are free to access with your Greenwich/Perrot Library Card number.

Our community relishes looking at art, buying art, and appraising antiques. Within this framework, we have several databases that are essential to keep current with art trends and prices.
  • Artnet: Artnet gathers together thousands of artists and their works, with more than 1,000 galleries being represented. One can search for particular paintings or representative works to judge auction prices. Buy, sell and research online. Only accessible within the Libraries.
  • Ask ART: A great place to search for American artists, see their paintings, get artist biographies, and even check auction records. Only accessible within the Libraries.
  • Grove Art Online: This resource encompasses the entire sets of The Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Art. Any additions are date-stamped. Explore art and art forms, styles and cultures, artists and their biographies, and much more. Accessible both inside the Libraries and from home.
  • P4A Antiques Reference Database: This database can be used to estimate the value of antiques. Great fun for antique researchers. Accessible both inside the Libraries and from home.

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