Explore reference collections and databases of materials and samples assembled by cultural institutions.
Asian Textile Database: inventory of textiles used to mount East Asian paintings and calligraphy scrolls and screens at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, in Washington, DC.
Dye Analysis Database: analyses of reference dye materials and analyses of samples from cultural artifacts that have been carried out by liquid chromatography, generally coupled with diode array and mass spectrometer detectors (LC/DAD/MS)
National Gallery of Art (NGA) Art Materials Research and Study Center: artists' materials, technical information, and trade literature, including more than 18,000 of samples, including a variety of paints, varnishes, and drawing materials.
National Gallery of Art (NGA) Paper Sample Collection: collection of documented samples, identified by the manufacturer or distributor, and covers mostly fine- and student-grade artists’ papers available in the United States.