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Online catalogues

National Gallery of Australia announces online access to its collections of European and American painting and sculpture

As part of the National Gallery of Australia's 20th birthday celebrations detailed information about the Gallery's collections of paintings and sculptures by European and American artists - more than 400 works of art - has been published at nga.gov.au/international.

Online publication of the Catalogue of European painting and sculpture in the NGA, Canberra and the Catalogue of American painting and sculpture in the NGA, Canberra will allow art historians, art museum professionals, students and enthusiasts across Australia and around the world to explore the range of work held by the Gallery, some of which is rarely seen.

The catalogues will include each artist's name, nationality and years of birth and death, as well as details relating to each work of art, such as titles, dates, inscriptions and sizes. Known provenances (histories of ownership) will also be listed. Searching will be possible in a number of ways, including alphabetically by artist, chronologically by work, and by title.

Quality images will accompany the text. In addition to brief artist biographies, exhibition histories, related literature and many discussions of individual works of art will be available. The catalogues have been edited by Christine Dixon, Senior Curator, Research and contain entries written and compiled by the curatorial staff of the Gallery's International Art Department. The Gallery's Multimedia Section has developed the catalogues following dedicated work by a range of past and present Gallery staff.

The entire contents of the authoritative 1992 printed catalogue of European and American paintings and sculptures 1870-1970 in the Australian National Gallery, by Michael Lloyd and Michael Desmond, with its extended discussions of works of art, their exhibition histories and related literature, is also available online at nga.gov.au/international.

Publication of the Gallery's collections is an ongoing project. Entries in the online catalogues will be expanded to reflect new research, and the website updated as further information and images become available. The site will be launched in early October 2002.