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Half a Million Records on Early 20th-Century German Art Market Added to Getty Provenance Index

Monday, June 17, 2019   (0 Comments)

A four-year digitization and metadata project at the Getty Research Institute has made thousands of German art sales and auction catalogs searchable online, adding nearly 570,000 records of artwork sales for the years 1900 to 1929 to the Getty Provenance Index®. This expansion, adding to existing records for the years 1930 to 1945, gives researchers in provenance and the art market unprecedented information on auction sales in Germany and Austria during the volatile years of the early twentieth century, including the periods of World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the years of politically sanctioned Nazi looting prior to and during World War II.

These half a million new records represent individual auction sales records for paintings, sculptures, drawings, and miniatures recorded in over 8,700 German sales catalogs published between 1900 and 1929. Each record is linked to the full PDF of its corresponding catalog on the website of the Heidelberg University Library.

The new release brings the total number of records of German and Austrian art sales in the Provenance Index to just over 830,000 individual items, all of which can be searched here. Read more about the project here.

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