RKD Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis

The knowledge institute of the visual arts of the Low Countries

The 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


News and recent developments

RKD Podcast: Hélène de Rothschild

Katrien Timmers tells about Hélène de Rothschild (1863-1947). 
Hélène in haar Dion Bouton met zoon Hélin aan het stuur, ca. 1900.

State of affairs: RKD Research

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

Tina Campt lecture and conversation

On Wednesday 5 June acclaimed scholar Tina Campt will offer her insights into her latest research.
Tina Campt


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



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


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.


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!


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


Sanne Bruinier, a forgotten woman artist in fin-de-siècle Paris

RKD Story
Klara Laboux tells us about her research on the artist Sanne Bruinier (1875-1951) in this RKD Story.
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Pieter, Hélène et Sanne au Club de tennis, ongedateerd, particuliere collectie. Sanne Bruinier zit links van de centrale stoel.

RKD Study Close Encounters

The latest RKD Study is about the cross-cultural exchange between the Low Countries and Britain.
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Schilderij van Greenwich

RKD Study Frans Hals and his workshop – part 1

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


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