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07 Sep 2010

Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD)

The RKD (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie/Netherlands Institute for Art History) is one of the most important art-historical information centres in the world, administering a unique collection of documentary, library and archive material on Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present. Documentation about Dutch art forms the nucleus of the collections. The RKD has an active collecting policy covering painting, drawing and sculpture as well as monumental art, media art, and design.

Parts of the collections can also be accessed via online databases.

The core mandate of the RKD is to develop, explore, manage and promote its documentary, library and archival material. The RKD plays an important supporting role for museums, universities, auction houses, galleries, art dealers and other institutions, as well as for independent researchers, collectors and other interested individuals.The RKD primarily serves professionals and students who wish to consult the collections for their work or study, but private individuals conducting art-historical research are also most welcome.

The unique collection of the RKD is made up of five components:

  1. Visual Documentation

  2. Technical Documentation

  3. Press Documentation

  4. Archivalia

  5. Library