Want to learn more about the painting you found while clearing out the attic? What about the drawing that has been hanging in grandma’s hallway since you were a kid? Maybe the sculpture you found at the flea market last summer really is a Remington. How can you find out?
For answers, be prepared for a little detective work. We hope these tips and resources will help you begin, but remember that these lists are not exhaustive. Whether you research a family heirloom or a yard-sale find, the process can be rewarding!
Okay, let’s investigate!
- First Steps
- Know the artist’s name? Go to Biographical Resources.
- See a mark or signature you cannot identify? Check out Signatures, Monograms, and Markings.
- To learn about the history of a particular artwork, go to Exhibition Guides and Provenance.
- If all else fails, try Encyclopedias and Surveys.
- How Much Is Your Object Worth?
- Want to Research Prints or Find Posters?
- Find out How to Care for Your Collections.
- Want more? Resources for in-depth art research.