Arts:Search consists of three related and linked databases:
ReVIEW – Provides full text of arts journals
Arts + Architecture Profiles – Includes biographical data on over 30,000 artists, architects and designers
Design Abstracts Retrospective – Contains
abstracts of decorative, applied arts and design journals
published between 1900-1986. Includes over 60,000
We are currently digitizing most of the major art journals published in Europe and America between the 1830s and the 1920s, making many of them available for the first time online. It will be a significant contribution to art and design history scholarship and will open up many new areas of research.
All the titles are cross-searchable, and biographical information is being added on every artist whose
work is discussed or illustrated in the journals digitized.
The biographical data we are adding includes:
- The correct and full name of an artist
- Their gender
- Dates and place of birth and death
- Areas of artistic activity
In the case of over 60% of the artists we have already included a detailed profile.
We are also adding supplementary bibliographies, as well as numerous Internet links. These are to additional sources of biographical information, images, and archival records.
Also on this website you can find our free to access Arts:Search Research Guides, which include:
- Arts:Search Research Guide No. 1: Internet Sources of Biographical Information on Artists, Designers, Architects and Craftspeople
- Arts:Search Research Guide No. 2: Free-access, Digitized Art, Architecture, Design and Craft Journals on the Internet
- Arts:Search Research Guide No. 3: Free-access Online Art History Journals, Newsletters and Blogs