NICE Paintings – VADS: the online resource for visual arts

NICE Paintings is the first phase of a unique on-line inventory of all the 22,000 pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings in the UK’s public collections. The database has been created by the National Inventory Research Project (NIRP), based at the University of Glasgow. It contains detailed records, and an increasing number of digital images, of nearly 8,000 paintings, principally in smaller regional collections. Additional records and images are being added as further funding becomes available.

The aims of the project are:
* to provide free public access to reliable, up-to-date information about museum collections
* to help museums research and catalogue their collections
* to encourage the use of collections in exhibitions and publications
* to encourage further research on collections