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Cultural Institution(s)

  • National Portrait Gallery. Search their catalogue of American portraits by sitter and/or artist or by title
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Identifies current exhibitions, Museum book, CD Rom & Gift Shop
  • World Wide Arts Resource. Most comprehensive listing of online museums worldwide
  • National Museum of American Art. Will answer brief, factual questions on American visual art and artists.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Will send photocopies of artists' biographical entries to anyone who requests them.
  • National Gallery of Art. View 100,000 paintings, sculptures and graphics from Middle Ages to now--Searchable by artist and title
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. More than 60,000 works online from de Young and Legion of Honor. Locate by artist, title or keyword.
  • Galleries Degli Uffizi (Florence, Italy). Digial collection of Italian art from 13th-18th centuries, also glossaries, biographies & essays.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Freer Gallery, Sackler Gallery, Cooper-Hewitt, Hirshhorn, African, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American Art
  • Musee du Louvre. Click on collections and visit paintings, object d'art, antiquities or sculptures. You can select English or French.

Appraisal Practice Tools

  • Digital Daily Welcome-IRS . Everything that is the IRS online.
  • Carl Uncover. Document Delivery Service that allows free searching of full-text articles
  • Foreign Currency. Shows exchange rate for 23 countries
  • Intellicast. Weather reports to aid in intelligent clothing needs when traveling for an assignment
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Will tell you if item cost $25 in 1949, in 1997 would cost $169.12. Just put $, then year followed by year needed
  • ARTLEX. Dictionary of Visual Art with 2600 terms defined
  • The Trip. Site for the business traveler who is paying own travel bills (Flight, Hotel, Ride & Airport info)

Comparable Sales Sources

  • Tias . Asking prices on antiques, collectibles and 20th century decorative arts pieces
  • Ebay. Sales data for miscellaneous decorative arts pieces
  • Asian Arts. Oriental pieces offered for sale
  • Maine Antique Digest. Fairly complete representation of the newspaper keyword searchable
  • Prices for Antiques.com. Subscription service w/auction results

Reference Books

  • Antique Collectors' Club Home Page. Online selection of articles from Antique Collecting magazine plus their fine books for sale.
  • Bibliofind. Locator for used, hard to find and out of print books. Free searching.
  • Bibliocity. Database allowing you to search and locate hard to find or OP book.
  • World Wide Books. 40,000 plus international gallery catalogs from 1960's to present

Appraisal Research Databases

  • Gallery Guide. Art gallery exhibitions are cited nationwide
  • Smithsonian Institution Research Information System. Access to Institution's Fine and Decorative Arts libraries, archives, research units and gateway to other resources
  • Art Libraries Society of North America. This cite has 900 links that range from museum home pages to on line auction pages.
  • Artists in Canada. The most up-to-date version of the National Gallery of Canada's list of artists active in Canada
  • Art Magazine. An esoteric resource listing Yugoslavian artists. Some links to artists' web pages. The site proved to be useful in a search for data on some little known Serbian artists.

Computer and Internet Information

  • CNET. daily news on computer issues; free downloads and expert help
  • ZD Net. Great tips for Internet surfing intelligently
  • Tech Web - Technology News Site. Most complete coverage of tech news=software, hardware, etc.
  • Shareware. Best place on Net to download updates, browsers, patches, utilities

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