How do you find the names of artists?


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To find the names of fine artists, tour art galleries or search artist databases such as Signature Finder. Art galleries and museums typically display the name of the artist on a placard next to each piece. Artist databases let you search using a partial name, which is useful when only part of the signature on a piece is legible.

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To find artist names in a museum or gallery, take a self-guided, docent or audio tour. Self-guided tours let you explore freely, while docent and audio tours offer more detailed information about the artwork and artists. Many galleries and museums offer brochures and guidebooks highlighting the art and artists featured in their collections, and some offer lectures and other educational opportunities.

If you have a partial name from a piece of art, search for the artist's full name in Signature Finder. The search results may include biographical information and examples of the artist's work. Many museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, offer searchable databases of their collections. Input the name of a piece of art and find the artist's name along with information such as date and medium, as well as museum-specific information such as the location of the piece within the museum.

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