New Van Gogh Online Research Platform Launched

Van Gogh Worldwide, a new digital platform bringing together art-historical and technical information about the work of Vincent van Gogh, was launched on November 5.

The three founding partners of the platform are Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum. Each possesses detailed information on Van Gogh’s work and together, they constructed the platform in collaboration with a larger number of partners, including museums, private individuals and research institutions.

The platform provides details of all paintings, drawings and prints by Vincent van Gogh in the Netherlands: over 1000 paintings and works on paper. The object data, including provenance and exhibition history, literature and letter references and technical information are given for all works.

The links to Van Gogh’s letters are a special feature, providing insight into how Van Gogh described particular works himself. The technical information includes additional images of a work (for example, of the verso and raking light) as well as references to research reports. Each image can be examined close-up.

Within the website, it is easy to search for a specific work, using either Dutch or English keywords, or by entering the catalog raisonné number. Search results can furthermore be filtered by categories, including subject, material and date of creation.

The platform strives for objectivity: it provides all published scholarly research results about the artworks. In the second phase, which is due to begin in 2021, data for works located in foreign collections will also be added to the platform. A total of about 2000 works by Van Gogh are currently known.

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