May 20, 2022

Art History: “Second Half of Knoedler Gallery Stock Books Database Now Online”

From the Getty Iris Blog:

In September 2014, the Getty Research Institute launched an expanded dealer stock book database, providing access to stock books 1 through 6 of the Knoedler Gallery, covering 1872 to 1920. The editors of the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance (PSCP) are happy to share that the second half of the Knoedler stock books—numbers 7 through 11, covering 1921 to 1970—are now available online.

This addition brings over 16,000 new records to the database, added to the more than 23,000 Knoedler records from the earlier period plus over 43,000 records from the stock books of Goupil & Cie.


With the release of the full Knoedler database, scholars can search and engage with the information in a way that would not be possible with only digitized copies of the stock book pages. With over 40,000 Knoedler entries online, the opportunities for data analysis and digital humanities projects are endless.

An Example of Visualizing Data

A multidisciplinary team of Getty Graduate Interns created Knoedler Unbound, a site that combines art-historical scholarship with technology to uncover insights hidden within the Knoedler stock books. The team used data visualization tools such as such as Gephi and Palladio to generate diagrams of the structured data that guided their research.

Source: Getty Iris

Learn More About the Database and Digitization Process in the Complete Blog Post

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