The search feature allows you to perform a binary search on all
artist names, nationality, as well as any additional artist
information. To search for monograms, please see the section
below titled "Monogram and Signature Search."
You may enter several search words. Results with any of the
search words present will be searched and sorted by relevance.
You also prefix words with a minus character to exclude results
containing this word. For example, if you wanted to search for
artists with the name Smith but not the first name John, you would
type: "smith -john".
You can also enter partial surnames by typing in at least two
letters from the beginning of the last name. For example, if you
type in "Abb", the search will yield all artist surnames which
begin with "ABB" such as ABBOTT, ABBEY, etc.
You may also search by time period. To see all artists named Bob
who were alive during the 16th century, you could type: "Bob 16c".
You can also search by nationality. If you knew Bob was French
you could search: "Bob French 16c". Furthermore, if you knew
Bob's death and birth years, you can enter those too: "Bob French
In some cases you may get search results that say "Alternative
Name". These are pseudonyms that are not the artist's real name
and clicking through such links is considered a
You may search monogram signatures by checking the 'Search
Monograms-only' check-box. This will allow you to enter the
letters describing how the monogram is read. For instance, if you
see 'JT' on a painting, you would type 'JT' into the search box.
In cases where letters are conjoined and could be interpreted in
different ways, make your best guess as to the correct letter
ordering. If there is a date in the monogram, for example 'JT
1984', do not include the date in your search.
If your search yields no results,
you could try rearranging the letters, or entering other letters
that look similar. If all of the above fail, you can always
browse the monogram section.
Visit our help page or contact our dedicated support team.