Art History Research Databases

The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library publish the following unique databases for researchers in the history of art. For more information about the art objects in the museum collection, go to the museum collection database.

To search across all research databases, use the Google site search below.

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Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America

A database of dealer and collector archives consolidating information about repositories, dealers, collectors, and dealer archives (including dealer photograph archives). This tool provides essential information for scholars working in the fast-growing field of the history of collecting.
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Nicolaes Ruts, 1631, oil on mahogany panel

The Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories

The Frick Art Reference Library hosts a unique database of inventories of Dutch 16th and 17th century art collections compiled by late Yale University Professor John Michael Montias. Drawn largely from the Gemeentearchief (now known as the Stadsarchief) in Amsterdam, these inventories contain a wealth of information that can elucidate patterns of buying, selling, inventorying and collecting art in Holland during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
El Greco, St. Jerome, oil on canvas

Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary

A dictionary providing essential bibliographic information on more than 5,000 Spanish artists, including comprehensive lists of alternate forms of artist surnames. Since its first publication in 1996, it has been widely acclaimed not only as a valuable reference tool but also as a thorough review of scholarly opinion regarding the artistic identities of numerous anonymous masters.
American School, Ellen Douglas Mitchell and Caroline Mitchell, oil on canvas

The Frick Digital Image Archive (

This site enables visitors to browse and download jpegs of large format digital files (including rare books and photographs). The 57,000 large-format negatives that comprise the bulk of this collection are, for the most part, unique visual records of lesser-known and previously unpublished works of art. The most substantial section of the collection is composed of negatives from the American campaigns. Between 1922 and 1967, Frick staff photographers conducted field trips to document works of art, primarily early American portraits, in American collections.