Research Tools

Below are links to and descriptions of the research databases produced by The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library. For a complete list of the electronic resources available at the Library, search the catalog.

Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America
A database of dealer and collector archives consolidating information about repositories, dealers, collectors, and dealer archives (including dealer photograph archives). This tool provides essential information for scholars working in the fast-growing field of the history of collecting.

Digital Cicognara Library (Coming soon)
This database is an international initiative of which the Frick Art Reference Library is a charter member to recreate in digital form the remarkable private book collection of Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767–1834). Though assembled in the Romantic era, Cicognara’s collection of some five thousand early imprints still comprises the foundational literature of art and archaeology.

Frick Collection Search
Access information and images for objects in The Frick Collection.

Frick Digital Collections
This site enables visitors to browse and download jpegs of large-format digital files (including books, photographs, and archival materials). The 57,000 large-format negatives that comprise the bulk of this collection are, for the most part, unique visual records of lesser-known and previously unpublished works of art. The most substantial section of the collection is composed of negatives from the American campaigns. Between 1922 and 1967, Frick staff photographers conducted field trips to document works of art, primarily early American portraits, in American collections.

Frick Research Catalog Online (FRESCO)
A searchable catalog of the items held at the Frick Art Reference Library.

Montias Database
The Frick Art Reference Library hosts a unique database of inventories of Dutch sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art collections compiled by late Yale University Professor John Michael Montias. Drawn largely from the Gemeentearchief (now known as the Stadsarchief) in Amsterdam, these inventories contain a wealth of information that can elucidate patterns of buying, selling, inventorying, and collecting art in Holland during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary
A dictionary providing essential bibliographic information on more than 5,000 Spanish artists, including comprehensive lists of alternate forms of artist surnames. Since its first publication in 1996, it has been widely acclaimed not only as a valuable reference tool but also as a thorough review of scholarly opinion regarding the artistic identities of numerous anonymous masters.

World War II Provenance Bibliography
A listing of books and other materials held by the Frick Art Reference Library that relate to the ownership of art objects in continental Europe from 1933 to 1945. New content is added on a regular basis.