artist signatures is certainly a lot easier these days thanks to
our ability to easily access information over the Internet.
In fact I
have spent some time perusing over a site called Artist
Signatures A Lifetime Of Research By John Castagno".
John is quite
honestly a human dictionary for identifying artist signatures.
His personal story is something you need to read as well it
really is very inspiring (I strongly recommend you check out his
As for Johns
website? Artist Signatures would have to be, in my opinion, one
or if not "the" best research resource that exists on the
Internet for researching artist signatures.
If you know
of one that is better, please let me know, I am always open to
being corrected. But I think you may be hard pushed to find one
as extensive as Johns' online resource of information.
The Artist Signatures website is essentially a
comprehensive database of fine art research information that
hosts an array of hand-copied artist signature examples.
The great thing about John's site is that you are free to
research and look over his artist signature directory until you
discover the relative information you require in order to verify
that your signature matches the artist in question.
So in other
words, you can simply do a free search to see if the artist in
even listed on John's directory. If so, then you can pay for credits
to allow you to view the artists (replicated) signatures.
The same rule
applies if you are trying to identify a symbol or a monogram. It
is free to view. If you find an artists name that matches your
symbol or monogram examples, you can, using the paid credit
procedure, view the artists name and relative information.
Signatures categories include:
·Common Last Name Signatures
50,000 artist listings and and up to 55,000 signature
helps reinforce John's credentials and give his website even
more clout is the fact that he has also written and published
ten identifying artist signatures directories (does he even
sleep?), which is not surprising when you consider that John has
been an art researcher for twenty eight years. He is also a
multimedia artist and sculptor himself (Rock on with yo' bad