June 24, 2008 13:00 ET

World-Renowned Art Researcher, John Castagno, Releases an Innovative Web-Based Art Research and Signature Verification Service

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - World-renowned art researcher, John Castagno, releases an innovative web-based art research and signature verification service. is the most sophisticated tool currently available for verifying how artists sign their work, and discovering the identities of artists who sign with a monogram, symbol or illegible signature. Beyond artist discovery, Artists' Signatures offers over 100,000 artist and signature listings, with reference information compiled from more than 12,000 standard and unique sources.

Backed by more than three decades of research, encompassing artists of all styles and ethnicities, Artists' Signatures has become one of the highest quality art research tools available. In addition to a large database of American and European artists, Artists' Signatures features an array of special categories such as: African-American, Irish/British, Latin, Asian, Old Masters and more.

For instances in which the artist's identity is unknown, users can utilize the One-of-a-Kind "Reverse Lookup" feature. This cutting-edge feature allows users to browse through signature examples, including Monograms, Symbols, Cyrillics (Russian), Illegibles, Prakrit (Indian), Common Names and more. The user may then discover the identity of the artist by comparing these examples to their own works of art.

Artists' Signatures is the highest quality signature discovery and verification service available. All signature examples are replicated by the hand of John Castagno from the original works of art. Each signature in its own is considered a work of art. Artists' Signatures is also the most updated source for artists' birth and death dates.

About John Castagno

John Castagno, born in Philadelphia, 1930, has been actively involved in the art world as a fine-artist for 48 years, and has been featured in more than 45 solo and group exhibitions. He has nearly 40 years of experience in art research and has spent the past 28 years doing research for art publications. He received his art education at the Fleisher Memorial, the Philadelphia College of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA.

John Castagno's art is in more than forty museum and public collections in the United States, Israel, and Ireland, as well as in the private collections of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. John Castagno also lectures on art and art as an investment. John is the author of ten art reference books, which have become the de-facto standard in the art market.

"John Castagno is the undisputed king of artist signature directories." --

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