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Announcement: Many of the photographs for European artists in the Library's Photoarchive are being digitized and are currently unavailable. Please contact us in advance of your visit to learn what materials are accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Photoarchive is a study collection of about 1.2 million photographic reproductions of works of art from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century by artists trained in the Western tradition. The Photoarchive was founded first and foremost to facilitate object-oriented research: the documentation it offers traces the essential elements of the biography of the work of art — changes of attribution, ownership, and condition. The images, together with the historical information, provide an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of art. The Frick is systematically digitizing the entire Photoarchive as part of a strategic goal to preserve the collection and make it available online. Catalog records for more than 200,000 works of art represented in the Photoarchive are accessible through NYARC Discovery. The images may also be searched through Frick Digital Collections. New records are added daily.