Photographic Collection

The photographic collection goes back to the collection of photographs put together by Henriette Hertz and Ernst Steinmann and bequeathed to the Kaiser Wilhelm Society as part of the Bibliotheca Hertziana in 1913.

The photographic collection is situated on the second floor of the Hertziana's new building and on the piano nobile of the Palazzo Zuccari.

Core areas of the collection focus on Roman and Italian topography, Italian artists and drawings. The latter comprise Old Master drawings, architectural drawings and drawings after antiquities as well as the complete Corpus Photographicum of Drawings (Corpus Gernsheim). The holdings of the photographic collection run to more than 800,000 photographs, negatives and digital images of Italian art.

OPAC Photographic collection


Bibliotheca Hertziana
Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Photographic Collection

Via Gregoriana 28
I-00187 Rome

Dr. Johannes Röll

Opening Hours

The Library and Photographic Collection are open Monday through Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The entrance is at Via Gregoriana 30 and access is possible only with a valid user ID card.


Marga Sánchez, M.A.
Tel.: +39 0669 993 421
Fax: +39 0669 993 423