In July 2013 the Monument Trust granted The Burlington Magazine their generous financial support to catalogue digitally all past and present advertisements 1903-2017. Many advertisements are now freely available through the Burlington Index. The indexing of advertisements is in progress and constantly updated.
The advertisements placed by art dealers in The Burlington Magazine since 1903 (a data bank of circa 100,000 images) are an unexplored source for the study of the art market and its contribution to art history. They supplement directories to reveal the names of galleries and their locations and are an essential tool for mapping the expansion of the commercial art world during the twentieth century.
Many of these advertisements also include photographs, providing visual evidence of stock held by dealers. Finally, and most importantly, these images provide important evidence of untraced works of art and their whereabouts at a given moment: the digitisation of these resources has the potential to greatly aid provenance research.
The cataloguing of the dealers’ advertisements and their images is a significant scholarly project that contributes much to our knowledge of the twentieth-century art market and makes accessible much information which is currently unavailable.
Barbara Pezzini, Index Editor, May 2015
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