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Art & Architecture: Provenance

This guide offers resources and starting points for researchers in art history, digital scholarship, and visual culture.

Saddle Blanket

A navy, magenta, teal, an cream colored woven textile with geometric patterns.

Saddle Blanket, 1860-1870, Navajo, Native American, wool, Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Tips: Conducting Provenance Research

Provenance is the recorded history of ownership of an object. It is a process of identifying specific details of ownership, works of art attributed to a particular artist, and proving an object's authenticity. It can also lend historical, social, and economic context to the art object itself and the environment in which it was created.

Periodicals with Auction Information

Online Genealogical Resources