Mushroom Art Registry:
Tips and Disclaimers
Criteria for Inclusion of Items in the Registry
The Registry consists almost entirely of Western paintings. It does not include illustrations for books or posters, with rare exceptions. It does include works other than paintings (e.g., sculptures, engravings, tapestries) that have a special historical, scientific, or artistic interest. These items are noted in bold capital letters, all others are paintings.
All the items we have encountered dated before ca. 1950 have been included in the Registry. After around 1950, inclusion in the registry has been limited to works of recognized scientific or artistic value, such as those found in museums or referred to in scholarly books.
Disclaimers - Please Note
Identifying mushrooms on a canvas is not the same as holding a specimen in one's hand. Often, the appearance of the mushroom permits to make a reasonable identification. However, in many other cases, the information provided by the picture is insufficient. We have labeled as "Tentative Identification" those that we cannot be sure about. The designation "cf." indicates that the specimen compares to the species mentioned. Thus, Agaricus cf. bisporus means that the specimen is close to A. bisporus.
Attribution of the Paintings
Some of the paintings in the registry can only be tentatively attributed to the artist. In some cases, the work was done by apprentices or by other artists painting "In the manner of." This point is not made consistently in the registry. Users of the registry should be wary of the precision of attributions and may wish to further research individual entries.
Attribution to Historical Period
Some of the items in the registry may straddle two periods. If in doubt, please look for items in the adjacent periods.
Internet Links in Registry
Websites have different degrees of permanence and accessibility. We cannot be responsible for their disappearance but counsel patience. The ability to enter certain websites may change from day to day. We recommend using search engines such as Google and Google Images, which may prove quite successful.
Several sites dedicated to art information are particularly useful for finding mushrooms in paintings. One of them is the Gabrius ArtIndex, a site that provides information on numerous auctions. It serves as the reference for many of the entries in the registry. At http://www.gabriusdatabank.com/, go to: advanced search and enter the name of the artist, or for an overview, enter "mushrooms," "fungi," "funghi," or "pilz."
Other websites useful for "mushroom hunting" in the Internet are:
A website on mushrooms in every day objects can be found at: