RKD Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis

About the RKD

The RKD is the knowledge centre for the visual arts of the Low Countries and provides worldwide access to knowledge, research and information to museums, academic community and general public



Welcome to the RKD

The RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History is one the world’s foremost art-historical knowledge centres. The Institute makes acquisitions as well as managing, researching and presenting a unique national collection that includes several databases, hundreds of archives and the most important library for the visual arts of the Low Countries in an international context, from the late Middle Ages to the present.

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As a knowledge institution, the RKD promotes research into the visual arts of the Low Countries, by our own staff as well as by collaborating with others such as museums, cultural heritage institutions, universities and private organisations. In addition, the RKD’s collection and expertise is widely used by auction houses, galleries, art dealers, independent scholars, professional art historians, collectors and members of the public looking for art historical information.

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Mission & vision

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Public function

Besides its collecting and research role, the RKD serves a public function. The analogue collection can be consulted in the study room at the RKD and part of it is available online. The RKD shares and distributes the knowledge it holds by contributing to exhibitions and publications and through organising symposia, lectures and other events. These activities are publicised through our website, newsletters, press releases and social media.