Catalogues Raisonnés & more

A catalogue raisonné is not an exhibition catalog! Learn what they are and how to find them at Cornell here.

Image: screen shot detail of Bénézit option in Oxford Art Online

Exhibition histories may be found in some of the following sources: secondary literature (scholarly monographs and articles), exhibition catalogs, and—at least partial listings—in artist dictionaries, such as Bénézit (part of Oxford Art Online).

More about Bénézit in this video.


Educational Institutions

How to find exhibition catalogs

It’s easy enough to search for books in the catalog using the term exhibition (preferred over exhibit). The term catalog is not always used to describe these materials, but if you do use it in your search, be sure to look for both catalog and catalogue. Check that the book you've found is actually an exhibition catalog. Sometimes, the term catalog actually describes an auction catalog, which can be a good source for images, but is not usually a work that presents scholarly, curatorial information in the same way that an exhibition catalog would. Here are some subject headings that describe exhibition catalogs:

Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900 --Catalogs

Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900 --Exhibitions

Hudson River school of landscape painting --Influence --Exhibitions

Amon Carter Museum of American Art --Exhibitions

Children --Portraits --Exhibitions

Art auctions --New York (State) --New York --Catalogs

Online Exhibitions

Image: screen shot from online exhibition, "Slavery in New York"

There are some great online exhibitions that provide excellent source material as well as ideas for gathering together documents and images for your final project.

Historical Societies