RKD Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis

The knowledge institute of the visual arts of the Low Countries

Het RKD — Netherlands Institute for Art History offers museums, academic community and the public a wealth of collections, knowledge and publications for extensive research and inspiration
 

About the RKD

CURRENT

News and recent developments

State of affairs: RKD Research

News
In this item you will find the latest state of affairs on the operation of RKD Research.
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RKD Research

Research on two portraits by Rembrandt

News
The Nivaagaard Collection and RKD are investigating Rembrandt's Portrait of a 39-year-old woman.
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Portret van een 40-jarige man

Simon Maris' 1899 travel diary

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Exactly 125 years ago, Simon Maris and Casparus van Houten made a journey together that took them to Italy.
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Reisdagboek van Simon Maris

COLLECTION

Dive into the RKD collection

Our collection includes the world's largest art history library, over 2.5 kilometres of archival material, many digital data, documentation and technical information on art

Archieven

Library

From general art literature, art lexicons, artists' books and preciosa to the large collection of auction catalogues.

Archives

You can view archive material at the RKD. Request an archive at least two days in advance.

Digital data

With RKD Research, you search seven databases containing millions of data.

START RESEARCH

Begin your research

Doing your own art history research? Start online with RKD Research, check out one of the other websites, or drop by our study room in The Hague. We are happy to help!

Onderzoek doen

Check out the various research platforms

Like Van Gogh Worldwide, Mondrian Papers and the Rembrandt Database.

Visit the RKD

Do research in our study room, take part in an event and view our exhibition.

Search the RKD Research databases

Get started right away and begin your research online!

KNOWLEGDE & PUBLICATIONS

Results of art historical research

As a knowledge institute, we work closely with museums, heritage institutions and universities. Besides a research role, the RKD serves a public function. Our staff contributes to publications and exhibitions
 

 

RKD Study Frans Hals and his workshop – part 1

News
The first part of the RKD Study about Frans Hals, written by Prof. Dr. Claus Grimm is now available online.
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Frans Hals

Painting in the collection of King Charles II identified

RKD Story
The story of an exceptional painting by master Matthias Withoos: 'Forest Still Life with an Otter and two Fish'.
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Bosstilleven met visotter en twee vissen door Matthias Withoos

RKD podcast: Lucretia Johanna van Winter

Podcast
Shannon van Essen talks about the Amsterdam collector Lucretia Johanna van Winter (1785-1845).
Lucretia Johanna van Winter
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Newsletter

Several times a year the RKD sends out a digital newsletter in both Dutch and English, in which we keep you posted on the latest news and inform you about our activities.

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