The Burlington Magazine Index Blog

Posted in resources by Editor on February 6, 2014

A recent posting at British Art Research highlights The Burlington Magazine Index Blog. The work of Barbara Pezzini, the site has been up since November 2013. In a contribution posted 29 January 2014, Neil Jeffares examines “the language implicit and explicit in the coverage of pastels made before 1800 in The Burlington Magazine, with the aim of investigating how this journal participated in the formation of these attitudes.”

From the about page:


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The Burlington Magazine Index Blog is a weekly blog dedicated to all matters related to the history of The Burlington Magazine, written in an accessible style and aimed not just at scholars.

It includes, but it is not limited to, research and news on:

* The art writing of the magazine, recounted in both historiographic and biographical terms.

* The works of art that this journal treated in the two centuries of its existence: their attribution, conservation, critical reception, forgeries and circulation through reproductive engravings and photographs.

* The art world around these works, especially the network of commercial galleries and dealers that contributed to their circulation and interpretation.

This project, previously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and currently supported by The Monument Trust, stems from The Burlington Magazine Index, for which there has been a compete re-reading and cataloguing of the whole contents of this journal from its inception in March 1903 until the present. The Burlington Magazine Index contains more than 40,000 records and refers to more than 10,000 artists. It is not only an essential reference for art historical investigation but also a primary source for research on art criticism, art historiography and the art market.

While researching for the Burlington Index, a wealth of new information has been uncovered: much of this it has either been published or it is currently being published in essay form, but much more is hidden in the database: this blog wishes to be a more discursive and engaging approach to some of that information.

As the current stage of the project is the indexing of some 90,000 historical advertisements of art dealers in the Burlington, this blog will have a bias on art galleries and, more widely, on the history of the art market and its intersections with art criticism.

This blog is written by me, Barbara Pezzini, with external contributors. I am an art historian and the Editor of The Burlington Magazine Index.

I welcome external contributions. Write to pezzini@burlington.org.uk

Thanks to: Dylan Armbrust, Alison Bennett, Bart Cornelis, Alan Crookham, Chris Hall, Caroline Elam, Ulrike Kern, Noti Klagka, Nicola Kennedy, Mark MacDonald, Olivia Parker, Madeleine Pearce, Mark Westgarth,  Alison Wright and Foteini Vlachou for their contribution to this project.

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