University of Heidelberg Auction Catalogues Digitized
Within its special subject collection Art History the University Library of Heidelberg holds some thousand auction catalogues from various German and international auctioneers.
Within the scope of the project “Art – Auctions – Provenances. The German Art Trade as Reflected in Auction Catalogues from 1901 to 1929“, which was launched on the 1st March 2013, auction catalogues published between 1901 and 1929 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are for the first time being identified. An index of all catalogues will form the basis for further quantitative evaluation, for digitization as well as for making them available online free of charge. The auctions catalogues are the foundation for research on art-trade in the first third of the 20th century, on queries regarding collectors, on the development of taste as well as on single artists and genres. Moreover, they provide an ideal tool for research on provenances. The auction catalogues are scattered over numerous art and museum libraries.