Support (Physical Description)
- This field contains the materials used as the main support for a two-dimensional object (painting, print, photograph, etc.).
- For better search results in your database, avoid using a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add keywords as necessary.1
- This field is used in conjunction with the Medium field, which indicates the media applied to the support.
| || Object Name|| painting|
| || Medium|| oil|
- Use the Medium and Support fields only for two-dimensional objects.
| || Object Name||photograph|
| || Medium|| silver print|
- For three-dimensional objects, use the Material and Technique fields.
| || Object Name|| sculpture|
| || Material|| wood; paint|
| || Technique|| carved; painted|
- Enter the name of the support as a singular noun.
- Multiple supports should be entered from the most predominant to the least predominant. Entries should be separated by a semicolon followed by a space.
| || Object Name|| drawing|
| || Medium|| ink|
|Support|| Japanese paper; cardboard|
- If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the keyword.
| || Object Name||painting|
| || Medium||oil|
- You can consult Bénichou, Anne. Documentation Standards in Contemporary Art. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage Information Network, 1993. [Information up to date as of June 20, 2006].