January 22, 2022

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) Releases Major Enhancements To Free Catalogues Raisonnés Database

From IFAR:

The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) [recently announced] the launch of new enhancements to its online Catalogues Raisonnés Database.

New features and functionality include external links to the complete or partial digitized text of published catalogues raisonnés available on Google Books, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, and other online platforms. Additionally, Database users will now be able to link to WorldCat to locate the library nearest to them that holds a print copy of a particular catalogue. IFAR’s comprehensive resource—the only one of its kind—is regularly updated and available free of charge at www.ifar.org.

Launched in 2008, along with IFAR’s Art Law & Cultural Property Database, the Catalogues Raisonnés Database features annotated bibliographic information and links to additional resources regarding over 3,800 published catalogues raisonnés and approximately 350 catalogues-in-preparation concerning 2,580 artists. Both completed publications and those in preparation can be searched separately or together by the author’s name, or the artist’s name, place of birth or death, or period of activity.

Scholarly compilations of an artist’s body of work, catalogues raisonnés and information about them are essential research tools for academics, students, museum curators and administrators, collectors, appraisers, dealers, provenance researchers, and other art professionals and enthusiasts.


Before IFAR created the Database, information about catalogues raisonnés was difficult to find. Catalogues still in preparation were even more challenging to track because they can take years to be completed.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to Catalogues Raisonnés Database.

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