Provenance Research

An important function of the National Gallery of Ireland is researching its collection and looking into the ownership history of each artwork. Complete provenance of a work of art can be very difficult, if not impossible, to establish and there are often gaps that commonly occur in a work's provenance. Such gaps do not necessarily mean that the work was looted or stolen, only that the complete ownership history cannot be established today. Information relating to the WWII period is especially important in order to eliminate the likelihood of Nazi misappropriation. Therefore there is a particular focus on works that were acquired after 1932 and created before 1946, that changed ownership during these years and that were in Europe at that time. Provenance research in an ongoing project and as we progress we will, in line with international standards, make information on works with significant provenance gaps available on-line.

We welcome your assistance and if you have any information to provide on the works listed here, please send an e-mail to:  Or write to: The Registrar's Office, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland