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
 

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News and recent developments

RKD Study Frans Hals and his workshop available online

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The complete catalogue raisonné of Frans Hals has been made available online.
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Frans Hals, Portrait of a man with a slouch hat, Kassel, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, photo: Ute Brunzel

State of affairs: RKD Research

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In this item you will find the latest state of affairs on the operation of RKD Research.
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RKD Study dedicated to Cornelis Kruseman

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On 25 June, the RKD Study Cornelis Kruseman (1797-1857): Earthly fame and heavenly ambition was published.
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Graflegging van Christus geschilderd door kunstenaar Cornelis Kruseman

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
 

 

In the footsteps of Herman Saftleven: Utrecht's city rampart drawings

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The latest RKD Study is dedicated to more than 175 drawings of Herman Saftleven (1609-1685).
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Herman Saftleven, De Utrechtse stadswal bij het Paardenveld, tussen 1660 en 1665, collectie Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten, Brussel

RKD Study dedicated to Cornelis Kruseman

News
On 25 June, the RKD Study Cornelis Kruseman (1797-1857): Earthly fame and heavenly ambition was published.
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Graflegging van Christus geschilderd door kunstenaar Cornelis Kruseman

RKD Podcast: Hélène de Rothschild

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