The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History promotes scientific research in the field of Italian and global history of art and architecture. Established as a private foundation by Henriette Hertz (1846–1913), it was inaugurated in 1913 as a research center of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft. Today, the Bibliotheca Hertziana is part of the Human Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society and is considered one of the world's most renowned research institutes for art history.

Mission

The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History promotes scientific research in the field of Italian and global history of art and architecture. Established as a private foundation by Henriette Hertz (1846–1913), it was inaugurated in 1913 as a research center of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft. Today, the Bibliotheca Hertziana is part of the Human Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society and is considered one of the world's most renowned research institutes for art history.

The research of the department Michalsky revolves around questions concerning historical concepts of space and their transformation in Premodernity. One geographical area of special interest in this context is Southern Italy, specifically Naples and the Mediterranean region.

Cities and Spaces in Premodernity

The research of the department Michalsky revolves around questions concerning historical concepts of space and their transformation in Premodernity. One geographical area of special interest in this context is Southern Italy, specifically Naples and the Mediterranean region.

The research focus of the department Weddigen lies on the global ramifications of Italian art from the early modern period to modernism, in the expansion of the Bibliotheca Hertziana's research activities toward modern and contemporary art, in questions of materiality and mediality, in the intellectual history of the discipline of art history and in digital art history.

Art of the Modern Age in a Global Context

The research focus of the department Weddigen lies on the global ramifications of Italian art from the early modern period to modernism, in the expansion of the Bibliotheca Hertziana's research activities toward modern and contemporary art, in questions of materiality and mediality, in the intellectual history of the discipline of art history and in digital art history.

The library holds one of the world's most important collections of research and source literature on the post-antique art and cultural history of Italy and the Mediterranean region, as well as an archive of literary bequests. First created in the late 19th century as the library of Henriette Hertz, founder of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the collection today ranges from rare incunabula to genuine digital publications.

Scientific Resources: Library

The library holds one of the world's most important collections of research and source literature on the post-antique art and cultural history of Italy and the Mediterranean region, as well as an archive of literary bequests. First created in the late 19th century as the library of Henriette Hertz, founder of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the collection today ranges from rare incunabula to genuine digital publications.

The Photographic Collection holds more than 870,000 photographs and negatives along with digital images of Italian art from the late antique period until the present day. The core areas of the collection include Roman topography, the Artists department, architectural drawings and drawings after the antique and the complete Corpus Photographicum of Drawings (Corpus Gernsheim).

Scientific Resources: Photographic Collection

The Photographic Collection holds more than 870,000 photographs and negatives along with digital images of Italian art from the late antique period until the present day. The core areas of the collection include Roman topography, the Artists department, architectural drawings and drawings after the antique and the complete Corpus Photographicum of Drawings (Corpus Gernsheim).

Current Information

Notice

10.08.2021
Starting from 23 August 2021 – in accordance with art. 3 of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 105 of 23 July 2021 – access to the library and photographic collection will be permitted only on presentation of a EU digital COVID certificate (in digital or printed form, Green Pass). Reservations will continue to be made via our electronic booking system.

 

News

Annegrit Schmitt-Degenhart (1929–2021)

July 26, 2021

Am 21. Juni 2021 ist Annegrit Schmitt-Degenhart, zu deren bedeutendsten Publikationen das monumentale Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300–1450 gehört, in München verstorben.

Videos of our events

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Events

Marble. Connections and Refractions

Workshop
Only Keynote Lecture open to public via Zoom
Sep 16, 2021 18:00 - Sep 18, 2021 18:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Contemporaneità barocca: riletture incrociate di due mostre attuali

Workshop
Evento a numero chiuso e non ci sono più posti disponbili.
Sep 20, 2021 10:00 - 17:00
Roma: Galleria Borghese e Palazzo Barberini

Mendicants, Humanists and the Aesthetics of the Civitas. Debates and Political Culture in the 14th and 15th Centuries and their Impact on Art, Architecture and Urban Space

Conference
Participation possible on site or/and via zoom. Further details will be announced shortly.
Oct 5, 2021 14:00 - Oct 6, 2021 16:00

"Values Resemble a Dance, Not a Statue"—Sergei Eisenstein's Capital Project

Elena Vogman
Online event via Zoom
Oct 11, 2021 14:00 - 16:00

New Publications


Media


Ach, Mensch! | Tanja Michalsky über die Stadt

Podcast
Tanja Michalsky erforscht Städte, indem sie Karten, Stadtpläne oder Beschreibungen in historischen Reiseführern analysiert. Wie zeigt sich Macht im Stadtbild? Wer darf wohin? Und wie hat sich ihr Forschungsschwerpunkt Neapel ergeben?

Pablo Echaurren and the Counterculture Years

Video
In the second episode of our video series Hertziana Insights, artist Pablo Echaurren, through some of his works, revisits a key decade for the contemporary history of Italy.

Lancio della collezione digitale di controcultura

Video
Evento inaugurale del 13 maggio 2021 in occasione del lancio della collezione digitale sull'arte e la politica in Italia negli anni '60 e '70.

Massimo Piersanti, Exhibition Photography in 1970s Rome

Video
The first episode of our video series Hertziana Insights is dedicated to the photographic documentation of art and exhibition practices, through the example of the international exhibition Contemporanea, which took place in 1973 in the underground parking garage of Rome's Villa Borghese.

Lecture in memory of Henriette Hertz by Giovanna Zapperi

Video
Towards a Media History of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Delphine Seyrig and Early Video in France.
This lecture is based on the ongoing research and exhibition project on the legacy of French actress, video maker and activist Delphine Seyrig.
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