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A New and Improved Resource Search Tool

If you’ve used the Getty’s website, you may be aware of the wealth of resources about the visual arts to be found across its pages. You may also have discovered several tools that make it possible to search specific repositories—from the Museum’s online collection to the Research Institute’s Collection Inventories and Finding Aids. These are fantastic sources for researchers, scholars, educators, and anyone doing research on the arts.

But did you ever wonder why there’s no single tool that allows you to search all these resources and see the results together in one place? Did you find yourself surprised that you couldn’t find some material—such as on a specific book or work of art—that you thought were part of the Getty holdings?

If you did, you weren’t the only one. The Getty’s leadership also recognized this challenge and asked a small team from across the organization to solve this problem. The result is the new Getty Search Gateway, which launched last week.

Landing page for the new Getty Search Gateway

Getty Search Gateway allows you to search for material contained in a variety of Getty repositories and receive well-organized, meaningful results. Initially, four sources have been included in the Getty Search Gateway:

  • J. Paul Getty Museum collection database
  • Getty Research Institute Research Library catalog
  • Getty Research Institute Collections Inventories and Finding Aids
  • Getty Research Institute Digital Collections

In the near future we’ll add to the tool by increasing the number of records in these repositories, as well as expanding to include new repositories.

The entry page introduces you to the current four resources and allows you to search by keyword, browse by collection or type of object (such as books, maps, paintings, and sculptures), and see highlights from our collections.

The search results page is the “workhorse” of Getty Search Gateway.  Here you can sort and page through your results, narrow your results using filters, select records to print or share with others, and export the data as XML. You can also narrow results to only records with images, or records of objects currently on display.

Sample search results page within Getty Search Gateway

There are also many advanced features to explore—and in the coming weeks, we’ll post more here with tips on using these.

We hope you’ll try Getty Search Gateway and tell us what you think using the feedback form. We’d like to know what resources you’d like to see included, as well as what additional features would make Getty Search Gateway even more useful. We look forward to responding to your questions and suggestions.

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.


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