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One platform to bring your catalogue raisonné to a global audience

Start consolidating information, managing digitized materials, and publishing resources online without an IT department.

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Recent projects

Claude Monet: The Revised Catalogue Raisonné; The Pastels

Using the Navigating.art platform, the Wildenstein Plattner Institute (WPI) publishes new research on 110 Monet works. This is the first installment of a complete revision of Daniel Wildenstein’s Monet catalogue raisonné.

© Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, 1900 or 1901, Pastel on paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., acquired from Mr. and Mrs. James T. Dyke (2013)

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The path to creating a catalogue raisonné
with Navigating.art

Get everyone together

Regardless of who you’re writing your catalogue raisonné about, you’ll need support from the artist’s estate and any other institution holding a large portion of their work. Garnering their support at the beginning of the project will help the development process move smoothly.

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Set up your digital tools

Don’t wait to set up your Navigating.art platform. Your digital tools will help shape what information you record and how it’s formatted from the beginning. Establishing your database and documentation processes now will create a smooth ongoing progress rather than creating unexpected work at the end.


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Document while you research

Because you already set up your archive and catalogue database, you’re ready to use it while you research. Capturing information about artworks while the primary resources are in front of you saves time and ensures important information isn’t lost in an attempt to record information after the research phase. 

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Secure publishing rights

Making your catalogue raisonné available to the public encourages education and scholarship while connecting audiences with resources — just ensure you secure and document publication rights as you go. You can record rights information on the same page of a work in Navigating.art.

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Review, review, review

Uncertainty is inevitable when dealing with historical information, but transparency is key. Note any uncertainty in your evidence on the Navigating.art platform, which lets you mark your editorial progress along the way until a record is completed.

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Publish your catalogue raisonné

Congratulations! You’re ready to share your research with the globe. Click the publish buttons in the Navigating.art platform. You have control over what people see on the built-in online presentation by deciding what pieces of information remain for internal use only and what goes out to the world.

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Update as research continues

Although you’ve published the digital catalogue raisonné, new resources and works might surface. Often the publication of a catalogue raisonné prompts contributions from unknown individuals and institutions. You can seamlessly update the catalogue raisonné with Navigating.art as new information arises without the struggles of reprinting.

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Spread the word

Your digital catalogue raisonné is automatically and easily accessible to a global audience with the Navigating.art built-in online presentation. This availability makes it possible to share the work of your artist widely and protect their legacy for generations to come.

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A VISUAL TIMELINE

The path to creating a catalogue raisonné with Navigating.art

Get everyone together 4

Regardless of who you’re writing your catalogue raisonné about, you’ll need support from the artist’s estate and any other institution holding a large portion of their work. Garnering their support at the beginning of the project will help the development process move smoothly.

Set up your digital tools 2

Don’t wait to set up your Navigating.art platform. Your digital tools will help shape what information you record and how it’s formatted from the beginning. Establishing your database and documentation processes now will create a smooth ongoing progress rather than creating unexpected work at the end.

Document while you research 4

Because you already set up your archive and catalogue database, you’re ready to use it while you research. Capturing information about artworks while the primary resources are in front of you saves time and ensures important information isn’t lost in an attempt to record information after the research phase. 

Secure publishing rights 3

Making your catalogue raisonné available to the public encourages education and scholarship while connecting audiences with resources — just ensure you secure and document publication rights as you go. You can record rights information on the same page of a work in Navigating.art.

Review, review, review 6

Uncertainty is inevitable when dealing with historical information, but transparency is key. Note any uncertainty in your evidence in the Navigating.art platform, which lets you mark your editorial progress along the way until a record is completed.

Publish your catalogue raisonné 3

Congratulations! You’re ready to share your research with the globe. Click the publish buttons in the Navigating.art platform. You have control over what people see on the built-in online presentation by deciding what pieces of information remain for internal use only and what goes out to the world.

Update as research continues 3

Although you’ve published the catalogue raisonné, new resources and works might surface. Often the publication of a catalogue raisonné prompts contributions from unknown individuals and institutions. You can seamlessly update the catalogue raisonné with Navigating.art as new information arises without the struggles of reprinting.

Spread the word 2

Your digital catalogue raisonné is automatically and easily accessible to a global audience with the Navigating.art built-in online presentation. This availability makes it possible to share the work of your artist widely and protect their legacy for generations to come.

Learn how to create & publish a digital catalogue raisonné

The guide takes a project from inception to publication. Download to get started.
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Complete daily tasks more efficiently with the Navigating.art platform — from inventory management and condition reports to education and outreach. 

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Recent projects

Akseli Gallen-Kallela catalogue raisonné project

This project is based on the index of Gallen-Kallela’s works assembled by the artist’s granddaughter, Aivi Gallen-Kallela-Sirén, and has been checked and augmented by research conducted by Irene Riihimäki. This online publication presents 300 paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela held in public collections. As further research is completed, additional works will be listed.

© Akseli Gallen-Kallela, View from the Wilds, 1898-1899, oil on canvas, Hiekka Art Museum.

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