Given that the large microfiche image archives are comprised of heterogeneous collections rather than of material that is thematically or geographically homogeneous, it is very important when evaluating them to consider their scope and to know what the gaps are. All the collections listed below are on black-and-white silver halide microfiche. Electronically stored images are not considered here. Most of the institutions holding these image collections provide high quality reproductions upon request, with order instructions provided in the accompanying documentation.
Based on two very large German collections of images (with supplemental additions, the latest on the former DDR), the Marburger Index includes 920,000 reproductions of approx. 500,000 works of art and architecture. Since some of the images date from the 19th century, and the index provides reproductions from different periods for the same work, this collection is also a source for research on the changing state of a work of art over time. It also documents art since destroyed, damaged or lost. The descriptions of the works are generally readable and informative, which is not always true of microfiche collections of this kind. Organization is topographic. The indexing is excellent and makes collections accessible to iconographic research with both a subject and a classified index (Iconclass), as well as artist and patron indexes. The printed user's aid is not helpful. [ak/sl]
This collection does for art in France what the Marburger Index, above, does for art in Germany. Among its 100,000 images are many older reproductions, especially of architecture and architectural sculpture. The photos of Rheims Cathedral from the turn of the century are a unique source, for example. Organization is topographic. Unfortunately, there is no index. [ak/sl]
This collection of 60,000 reproductions of art in Italy is also taken from the Marburg holdings. As with the other Marburg indexes, the photos span the entire century, allowing comparisons of the same object over time. No index. [ak/sl]
Includes 250,000 images from the photo collection (begun in 1829) of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, covering classical art and archaeology. The organization of the material follows the classification system of the Institute. [ak/sl]
Includes 120,000 reproductions from the collection of the Alinari brothers (augmented by the addition of 2 other collections named in the title), Florentine photographers from the second half of the 19th century. The emphasis is on Italian art. Organization is by location. The indexing offers subject access to the contents, unlike the Italien-Index. [ak/sl]
Microfiche reproductions of a collection of 800,000 images at London's Courtauld Institute. Strong emphasis on architecture. Other media (sculpture, book illustrations, etc.) are included, but painting is not. The value of this collection lies in 1) its size 2) its breadth of geographical coverage 3) its strength in British material. But there are serious problems: poor attention to detail (e.g., the extent and accuracy of descriptive information), problematic classification of the images, no indexes. A supplement of 120,000 photos increased the size of the collection, but unfortunately access to its contents has not yet been improved. [ak/sl]
This collection of images from the Courtauld Institute (basic set and supplement) contains over 2 million reproductions of paintings, drawings and other works of graphic art from the high middle ages to the twentieth century. The primary classification is by country, divided into four large regions, which can also be purchased separately. It is strongly eurocentric. Access can be difficult in the absence of cross-references to variant forms of the artists' names and indexes. Information about the images is superior than that given for the Conway Library collection, though it is still of uneven quality. Sometimes it is simply not legible. Given the limitations of black-and-white reproductions in the study of art (as opposed to architecture), and the absence of indexing to this collection, its greatest value would have to lie in its use as an index to images found in other, unindexed sources (e.g., periodicals). Unlike the Marburg and Alinari collections, one cannot generally order copies of the Witt Library images. (However, owners of the Marburg Index can use its indexes to access material in the Witt Library collection.) [ak/sl]
Begun in 1958, the unnumbered multi-volume set Deutsche Kunstdenkmäler -- primarily covering German architecture and their furnishings (e.g., altars) -- has been so successful that it has inspired similar series for other countries, including France, Greece, and Italy. These revised volumes cover the five states of the former GDR, published in earlier editions as Kunstdenkmäler der DDR by Edition Leipzig, the Deutscher Kunstverlag and the Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. In addition to a small amount of text and indexes, each volume includes approximately 350 whole-page black-white photos. The accompanying maps are not especially helpful. It is not yet clear to what extent these new editions differ from their predecessors. Many of the photographs seem to be new, reflecting recent restoration and rebuilding. The maps have were redrawn in the aftermath of unification. In addition to their usefulness to tourists, these volumes should be helpful to readers of the unillustrated Handbuch der deutschen Kunstdenkmäler and the inadequately illustrated Reclams Kunstführer Deutschland. [sh/sl]
Follows the principles of the Deutsche Kunstdenkmäler (94-1-070- 073, above). Includes 264 photographs and a useful table that lists Baltic place names with their German-language equivalents. [sh/sl]
21st ed. - 1993/94 (1993). - ISBN 3-598-23070-2 : DM 348.
Published under this title since 1952, this is the leading international directory for the art market and thus a logical addition to K.G. Saur's directory program. The traditional layout and organization have been retained for the most part, including full-page ads scattered throughout the text; in future editions, Saur would improve clarity by introducing the layout principles used in its other directories. To save space, references in vol. 1 to libraries and other institutions that only occasionally organize art exhibitions should be eliminated or abbreviated. [sh/vh]
Ed. 1 (1993), v. 1-2. - ISBN 3-923642-73-3 (v. 1) - ISBN 3-923642-76-8 (v. 2) : DM 460
This three-part directory purports to cover addresses of art dealers and galleries (Part 1), art experts organized by artist, genre and school (Part 2), and catalogues raisonnes (Part 3). The organization is poor, there appear to be serious omissions, and many addresses given here are included, with more complete information, in the "International Directory of Arts." Libraries and art aficionados are strongly advised to avoid buying this shoddily produced work. [sh/vh]
9th ed. 1994/95 (1994). - 673 p. - ISBN 3-598-23071-0 : DM 98
1st ed. (1993). - 171 p. - DM 5
1993 (1992).- 291 p. - ISBN 3-929074-01-X : DM 39.80
The Kunstadreßbuch contains addresses for Germany, Austria and Switzerland excerpted from the International Directory of Art reviewed above (IFB 94-1-075) and organized by country and city. The data have been updated since the 21st edition of the IDA and include the new German zip codes. Useful and reasonably priced.
Kunsthandel lists the approximately 560 members of the BDKA, the association of German art and antique dealers. Part 1 lists the members by firm in alphabetical order; Part 2 lists the firms by location; Part 3 lists the firms by subject specialty. A useful catalog.
Just for Art provides a list by location of 450 German art galleries which specialize in art since 1945. Address, owner, year of founding, open hours and a brief description of the galleries are included. [sh/vh]
This is an alphabetical listing of approximately 37,000 miniature painters from 50 countries, covering a time span from the mid-15th century to the present. The structure, with its heavily abbreviated listings, is modelled on the Internationales Handbuch aller Maler und Bildhauer des 19. Jahrhunderts (the "Busse-Verzeichnis"). Data are gleaned from 37 general art encyclopedias and 1147 special reference works. Particularly useful are the detailed three-language (English, French, German) instructions for use. This highly specialized, very thorough reference work will find a place in very large academic libraries, special institute libraries, and antique dealers' collections. [sh/hh]
This listing of over 1500 living glass artists from around the world (most thorough coverage is of Germany and the United States) goes beyond the usual biographical data listed in a Who's Who. Information on exhibits and on museums holding works by the artist as well as lengthy bibliographies citing articles in monographs, journals and exhibit catalogs make this accessible reference work particularly useful for galleries, museums, auction houses, and libraries. The directory is being updated electronically and the next edition is expected in two years. [sh/hh]
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