• Tips for Searching the Museum's Collections

    ADMINISTRATIVE

    Terms and Use: Because the content of the eMuseum site is provided for personal, educational use only, all users are required to agree to the terms and conditions of use before they can access the Lowe’s collection online.  By agreeing to these terms, the user is confirming that they do not intend to use the content in any other manner, including for commercial use, without further permission from the Lowe Art Museum.

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    It is not necessary to have a UM ID number or to enter your social security number to create a CaneID.  If you do not have a UM ID number, and do not wish to enter your Social Security Number, click the link for “I do not know my Social Security Number or UM ID,” leave that field blank, and follow the remaining instructions.

    HOME PAGE

    The home page contains a menu of search options to the left, which are further described below.

    Also from the home page, users can perform two simple searches:

    Browse Highlights from the Collection: Images on the home page represent the Lowe’s eleven geographic collecting departments.  Clicking on any image will bring you to the Highlights of that particular collecting department, which are those works of art currently on view in the museum.

    Quick Search: You can also enter a term in the Quick Search field and click on the arrow to perform a simple keyword search.  eMuseum will retrieve instances of the search word in all fields available (e.g, artist, title, date, description, etc.).

    SEARCHING

    Click the Search link in the left navigation bar to search for specific records of objects or associated people.

    Simple Search:
    eMuseum will find objects that have your search term in the fields for date, classification, culture, department, description, dynasty, medium, movement, object number, period, place made, portfolio, school, style, or title, and/or people that have your search term in biography, date, name, or nationality.

    • Select either Objects or People from the list, or Ctrl+click to select both options.
    • Enter a term in the Query field and click the Submit button.
    • Your search results will then be displayed.  You can further refine your search by clicking the Search Within Results box and adding another term to the Query field.

    Advanced Search:
    Advanced Objects searching allows the user to select specific categories and create a more refined search.  Using the drop-down boxes for Field and Condition you can build more complex queries than are available with the Simple Search option.

    Conditions:

    Depending on the field selected, the following search conditions may be available.  You may also be presented with a choice from a drop-down menu or asked to enter a term into the Query field.

    • Is retrieves all records containing the specified search term exactly as entered in the Query field or from the drop-down menu.
    • Is Not retrieves all records except those containing the specified search term exactly as entered in the Query field or from the drop-down menu if available.
    • Can allows you to select multiple options from the drop-down menu.  Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting terms to choose possible values.
    • Cannot Be allows you to select multiple options from the drop-down menu that will be eliminated from your search results.  Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting terms to choose possible values.
    • Contains will result in a less specific search than Is.  Searching using this option will retrieve records in which your search term is present but may not be the only value.
    • Begins With will retrieve records that start with your search term but may have other terms following it.

     

    Thesaurus:

    In some cases, a check box will appear with the designation Search Thesaurus Flag CB.  Checking this box allows for a broader search by including synonyms and like terms. 

    Display Options:

    eMuseum allows you to select one of three options for displaying your search results.  To select, click on the grid images at top right.

    • List with images.
    • Small images with basic captions.
    • Individual records for each object in the search with full catalog information and larger image.

    Search Fields for Advanced Search/Objects:

    Begin and End Dates:  This is the earliest possible date when an object was created.

    • The begin and end dates for an object made in a specific year are the same (e.g., an object made in 1950 will have the begin date 1950 and the end date 1950).
    • Objects with circa dates begin five years before and end five years after the circa date (e.g., an object dated ca. 1950 will have a begin date of 1945 and an end date of 1955).
    • Objects with date ranges will have the begin and end dates specified in the range (e.g., an object date 1950-1952 will have a begin date of 1950 and an end date of 1952).
    • You can also search more generally within larger date ranges (e.g., a begin date of 1900 and an end date of 1999 will retrieve all the works in the collection dated to the 20th century).
    • This search option may not bring results for records that are Not Dated.

    Classification: The Lowe’s collection is organized into 12 classifications, each with numerous sub-classifications, based on object type.

    • The user must choose an option from the drop-down menu.
    • Searching is cross-department (e.g., searching for Classification is Containers-Dishes will retrieve all works of art in the collection that are dishes regardless of collecting department).

    Culture: Culture includes specific cultural designations that describe the nationality and/or culture associated with the object, which is primarily related to the nationality/culture of the artist.

    • The user must choose an option from the drop-down menu.
    • Culture includes more generalized terms such as American, Cuban, Native American, etc.
    • Culture does not include dynastic designations; use the Period or Dynasty option for searching Asian dynasties  (e.g., Ming Dynasty objects will have Chinese specified as their culture and Ming under Period and/or Dynasty).

    Date: The specific date the object was made.

    • For a broader search, use the Begin and End Date fields.

    Department: Objects within one of the Lowe’s geographic collecting departments.  These are listed on the eMuseum Home Page.

    • The user must choose an option from the drop-down menu.

    Description: This option provides a keyword search for within the text of an object’s description.

    • Not all objects have descriptions.

    Dynasty: The ruling period with which the object is associated.

    • This field is primarily used for the art of Asia.
    • Searching under Period may also bring similar results.

    Medium: Type of material used in the construction of the object.

    • For the broadest searching, select the condition Contains.
    • Use of the Search Thesaurus Flag CD check box will also provide greater results.
    • Use this field for material, not type of object (e.g., oil on canvas is the medium but use Classification to search for paintings).

    Movement: Art historical movement with which the object is associated.

    Object Number: This option allows you to bring up a record if you know the Lowe’s accession number (e.g, 2002.45).

    Period: Time period with which the object is associated (e.g., Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, etc).

    • For the broadest searching, select the condition Contains.
    • Modern is the period 1900-1970.
    • Contemporary is the period after 1970.

    Place Made: The geographic location where the object was created (e.g., United States, Nigeria, etc.).

    • Note that Collecting Department and Place Made may differ.

    Portfolio: Enter the title of the portfolio to retrieve records of all objects within that portfolio.

    • This field will not return results unless the object is formally part of a portfolio.

    Related People: Enter the name of the artist/maker of the work.

    • If you are looking for objects by a particular artist/maker and your search does not return results, try the alphabetically listing of artists in the Advanced Search/People module.
    • For Unknown Artists, search by Culture (e.g., Chinese) or Period (e.g., Qing).

    School: Enter the name of the art historical school with which the object is associated (e.g., New York School).

    Style: Enter the name of the art style associated with the object (e.g., Abstract Expressionist, Impressionist, etc.)

    Title: Enter the title of the object.

    • For a broader search in this field, choose Contains as the condition for the search

    Search Fields for Advanced Search/People:

    For an alphabetical list of Artists, Makers and Cultures, select the PEOPLE option. 
    To construct your own search of the People module, select Advanced/People under Search.

    Biography: This option provides a keyword search for within the text of an artist/maker’s biography.

    • Not all people have biographies.

    Date: Enter a specific date in this field to retrieve records of all artists whose birth/death dates correlate.

    Name: Use this field to search by the name of the artist/maker.

    • Not all people have biographies.

    Nationality: Search for the artist/maker’s nationality.

    • Use American for United States, French for France, etc.

     

    MY COLLECTIONS

    eMuseum allows you to create groupings of records and save them as individual collections:

    • Select Create a New MyCollection
    • Name your collection and add a description if needed.  The Name field is required.
    • Click the check box next to Public if you want others to be able to access your collection.
    • If Public is selected, click the Editable check box if you want others to be able to edit your collection.
    • Search eMuseum to retrieve the records you want to add to your collection.
    Click the Add to MyCollection button.