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1. Artist name and nationality. Correct spelling is very important.
2. Date (exact or approximate) of the object.
3. Title of the work.
4. Medium and/or technique. *Generally all of this information will be included on the label next to the object on exhibit.
5. Where is the work/who ows it. The museum or institution that owns the work will have helpful information.
Researching a Work of Art in a Museum Collection
Writing about a work of art requires the use of many sources, most importantly the art! In New York City, you don't have to go far to find a work of art, or information about it. This page provides a few tips on starting research and writing about a specific work in a New York City cultural institution.
Artist name: Pieter Breughel the Elder, Netherlandish, Breda ca. 1525-1569 Brussels
Title: The Harvesters
Medium: Oil on Wood
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Find Information Online
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website contains helpful information about works in its collection. Each work has a dedicated webpage. Always check the museum's website for info about a work of art you are writing about. For The Harvesters (to the left) you can find the following info here.
- Exhibition History
- Bibliography with citations to books and articles about the painting and the artist
- Entries in the Met's Heilbrun Timeline of Art History, an excellent resource
Guides to Writing About Art
A Short Guide to Writing about Art by
Call Number: N7476 .B37 2015
Publication Date: 2014-01-15
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