How to research an artwork

Art Detective is intended to help collection managers fill gaps in information about paintings in their collections by bringing together curators, experts and the knowledgeable public in an online forum.

Some non-specialist collection managers may appreciate some advice on how to try and fill some of these gaps themselves before or alongside this public consultation.

These pages hopefully serve as a beginner's guide to researching artworks – whether you're a museum professional or an interested member of the public.

Text by Andrew Greg and Ruth Shrigley