Drawings Collections and Digital Search Forms

January 31st, 2010 § 1 comment

The table below lists drawings collections that can be searched online. By clicking on the collection name, you will be brought to their search forms. The most useful of the sites are of the Louvre, Joconde (French state museums), and the British Museum. This table will be updated, not in this post, but at a page dedicated to web resources (left side of home page and called Resources and Links). The Tate has a number of interesting pages about the intricacies of putting their collection online and the initial page can be found here.

CollectionCountryCity/Loc.No. of DrawingsNo. of Drawings OnlineNotes
Accademia Carrara, Ambrosiana, Brera, Poldi Pezzoli, and other Lombard CollectionsItalyLombardy Region3,223Site of the Beni Culturali, Lombardy
Albertina, Grafische SammlungAustriaVienna50,0005,000 prints and drawings online. Drawings not broken out.
Ambrosiana, BibliotecaItalyMilan12,0008,315
Art Institute of ChicagoUSAChicago11,5006,797
Ashmolean Museum - Oxford Univ.UKOxford5,090
Basel KunstmuseumSwitzerlandBasel300,000 prints, drawings, and watercolors. 2513 online
Berlin - Kupferstichkabinett - Staatliche Museen zu BerlinGermanyBerlin110,000550,000 prints and some 110,000 drawings, watercolours, pastels, and oil sketches
Biblioteca NacionalSpainMadrid45,0003,500
Birmingham Museums & Art GalleryUKBirmingham1600Pre-Raphaelite
Bologna – Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle StampeItalyBologna9,000192
Boston Museum of Fine ArtsUSABoston712
British MuseumUKLondon50,000
Chazen Museum of Art - University of WisconsinUSAMadison900Collection of British watercolors
Cleveland Museum of ArtUSACleveland3,7333,733
Cologne – Wallraf-RichartzGermanyCologne1,0001,000 19th century drawings in database. 75,000 prints and drawings in coll.
Courtauld Inst. of ArtUKLondon7,260
Detroit Institute of Fine ArtsUSADetroit2,50035,000 prints, drawings, photographs, watercolors, posters and artists books
Dresden – Staatliche KunstsammlungGermanyDresden377500,000 works on paper
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-ArtsFranceParis65,00033,69420,000 drawings and 45,000 architectural drawings
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/Achenbach Foundation for Graphic ArtsUSASan Francisco70,000 works on paper
Fitzwilliam Museum - Cambridge UniversityUKCambridge17,40640,000 paintings, drawings, and prints
Flemish Art Collections – Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges and the Museum of Fine Arts GhentBelgiumAntwerp, Bruges, Ghent40,000
Getty MuseumUSALos Angeles700700
Harvard University Art Museums - Fogg, Busch-Reisinger etc.USACambridge24,451Fogg has 12,000 drawings.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical GardensUSAMarino (Los Angeles)14,000 drawings
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica (Calografica - Farnesina)ItalyRome7,132
LA County Museum of ArtUSALos Angeles
Leiden UniversityNetherlandsLeiden12,489
MAK - Österreichisches Museum fuer angewandte Kunst/GegenwartskunstAustriaVienna16,932Wiener Werkstätte drawings
Metropolitan Museum of ArtUSANew York15,00023,87156,663 prints and drawings
Morgan LibraryUSANew York12,0002,0002,000 images online as of 15 June 2014. All 12,000 by year end.
Museum of Modern ArtUSANew York10,0005,960
National Gallery of CanadaCanadaOttawa11,13624,000 prints and drawings. 5,595 drawings with images
National Gallery of DenmarkDenmarkCopenhagen60,000


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