Provenance Research

The Smart Museum of Art maintains records on all the works of art in our collection. Research on the collection is ongoing, and records are continually updated as new information becomes available.

Since 1998, the Smart has intensified our efforts to research the provenance (ownership history) of paintings and sculpture in our collection created in Europe prior to the end of World War II. In 2015, the Museum was awarded the first Association of Art Museum Directors / Samuel H. Kress Foundation Provenance Research Fellowship. This year-long project has laid the groundwork for further ongoing provenance and other types of research into the collection.

A database of our entire collection is available to search online. 

If you have information about the history of ownership of the listed work, or any works in our collection, please contact us at

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