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

Launch of the RKD Study Frans Hals and his workshop

On Thursday July 4th, we celebrate the publication of the comprehensive digital monograph and catalogue raisonné.
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

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

Symposium Dutch Bargains and Belgian Sales

A two-day online symposium about the contemporary art trade from the Netherlands and Belgium with the United States.
De Nederlandse kunstafdeling op de Wereldtentoonstelling van 1904 in St. Louis.


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


Coming soon: RKD Study dedicated to Cornelis Kruseman

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

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.

May issue Oud Holland: a joint collaboration between Frans Hals and Gerrit Bleker


Oud Holland presents a new double issue with four thought-provoking articles on fifteenth- and seventeenth-century art.

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Frans Hals, Gerrit Bleker en Salomon de Bray, Portret van de familie Van Campen, 1623-1625 en 1628, Toledo Museum of Art, inv. 2011.80.


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