Art Sales Catalogues Online for MLAG 2020-2022

  • Start: 1 Jan 2020
    Expiry: 31 Dec 2022
  • Description:

    The Art Sales Catalogues Online (ASCO) database contains the Repetoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques by Frits Lugt and a complete collection of art sales catalogues from 1600-1900.

Product overview

The Art Sales Catalogues Online (ASCO) publication offers easy access to complete historical art sales catalogues for the period 1600 to 1900. Lugt's Répertoire Online database has been included in this publication and serves as the "entrance gate" to the catalogues.

The earliest art sales catalogues, also known as auction catalogues, appeared in the early 17th century, as simple leaflets. Over time, the catalogues grew into extensive, richly-illustrated publications. The catalogues are intriguing not only from the point of view of Art History, but also provide glimpses into the economic and sociological climate of the time.

Much research in the field of Art History relies on access to art sales catalogues. Art Sales Catalogues Online providing access to thousands of complete sales catalogues from the period 1600-1900, combines a wealth of information from art sales catalogues with the reference facility of Lugt's Répertoire.

In his impressive four-volume work Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques intéressant l'art ou la curiosité ("Repertory of Catalogues of Public Sale concerned with Art or Objects d'art"), Frits Lugt (Amsterdam 1884 - Paris 1970) covered the period 1600 to 1925. In Lugt's Répertoire, the catalogues are arranged in strict chronological order and provide meticulous details of auctions, as well as recording annotations written in the catalogues. Lugt also indicates the library where the catalogue may be consulted. The online edition of Lugt's work for the period 1600-1900 is the "entrance gate" to Arts Sales Catalogues Online.

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