Provenance 1

The provenance researcher seeks for hints of different historical stages of an object and to aim to interpret those hints.

Provenance and Attribution Research

One of the art historical research methods applied by RECENART is attribution research. Attribution means the authorship of a work of art. To determine the attribution it is necessary to study the following points:

  • Style
  • Subject
  • Provenance
  • Technique and materials

Together all these help us to contextualize the work of art.

Provenance means the chronology of the ownership, to include the custody or location of the art object from the time of its creation by the artist until the present day.

A documented provenance may strengthen the attribution to a specific artist and prove the authenticity of the work of art.

An accurate attribution and a complete provenance add value to the work of art.