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Bristol volume of Public Catalogue Foundation published

19 December 2013

The Bristol volume of the Public Catalogue Foundation oil paintings in public ownership has just been published.

The Bristol volume of the Public Catalogue Foundation oil paintings in public ownership has just been published.

The Public Catalogue Foundation aims to make available the great majority of Britain’s publicly owned paintings via digitization. For practical reasons, only a small proportion of the country’s paintings are on display whilst four-fifths remain in storage. As of 2012, 210,000 from 3000 collections have been photographed and catalogued in conjunction with the BBC Your Paintings project.

The Public Catalogue Foundation writes that ‘the Bristol volume brings together over 2,300 oil paintings from 10 publicly-owned collections across Bristol. The largest collection reproduced is Bristol Museum and Art Gallery with over 1,200 paintings spanning Northern and Italian Renaissance painting, Baroque to modern French art, and British painting from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first. The collection tells the story of art in Bristol and internationally. Also catalogued are the holdings of the Royal West of England Academy, the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol’.

In 2011 Bristol MA students contributed to Your Paintings in a collaborative project with the Holburne Museum in Bath, which was supervised by Dr Dorothy Rowe and Dr Barnaby Haran.

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