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is the most effective way to process data
associated with an individual artist’s work and to
release sustainable information for those who need it

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with well-documented research readily at hand
scholars are able to address the challenges of the past
while illuminating a path to the future

 

Fitz Henry Lane Online is a freely-accessible interactive and interdisciplinary online resource created by the Cape Ann Museum. The website is organized around a catalog of the paintings, drawings, and lithographs of nineteenth-century American painter Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). The Cape Ann Museum, located in Gloucester, Massachusetts (Lane’s birthplace and home for most of his life) has the world’s largest collection of Lane’s paintings, drawings, lithographs, and related archival material. The website is intended to provide information of interest to a broad audience, and to serve as a resource for study of Lane’s work. The website focuses on both the formal, aesthetic qualities and the historical context of Lane’s pictures.”

read more about this project

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usable information may be shared online,

it can be published,

it may be put to work to curate exhibitions,

it can be employed to create teaching tools and interactive displays,

it is indispensable in assembling an authoritative catalogue raisonné,

 and it helps to preserve and protect the legacy of an artist.

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reliable information is in constant demand for:

appraisals
art experts and the courts
art insurance
auction sales
authority to sell (title)
bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and security interests in works of art
catalogues raisonnés
collateralization of art
consignment agreements
copyrights in works of art and reproductions of works of art
cultural patrimony laws
curating exhibitions
customs service regulations concerning the import and export of art
defamation concerning works of art and their provenance
divorce and other family disputes
droit moral and the Visual Artists Rights Act
exhibition agreements
donor restrictions on use or display of donated works
import and export of art
International cultural treaties
Internet sites concerning art and art sales
investment management and financial planning
joint ownership of works of art
legal disputes over responsibility and ownership
loans for art buyers and dealers
loans and gifts of artwork to museums
looted and confiscated works of art from the Nazi era
lost and stolen works of art
misappropriation of artwork and design
monographs
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
private dealer sales
Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US

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Top of page:
Fitz Henry Lane
Lighthouse at Camden, Maine
1851
Oil on canvas
23 x 34 in. (58.4 x 86.4 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: F.H. 1851
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Gift of the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation (1992.122.1)

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