Mission

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.

Cities and Spaces in Premodernity

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.

Art of the Modern Age in a Global Context

Art of the Modern Age in a Global Context

The research focus of the department Weddigen lies in 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.

Decay, Loss, and Conservation in Art History

Decay, Loss, and Conservation in Art History

For centuries, Western artworks have been cared for in the hope of preserving them for as long as possible. Even so, over their lives objects deteriorate and risk being displaced or destroyed. How do communities safeguard endangered objects? And how do art historians study images that are no longer extant? Our group addresses these questions theoretically, historically, and materially, to tackle how the instability of objects shapes the way we handle, think, and write about them.

Scientific Resources: Library

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.

Scientific Resources: Photographic Collection

Scientific Resources: Photographic Collection

With a collection of more than 1,300,000 photographs, negatives, digital images and digitized material, primarily on Italian art and architecture from late antique until the present day, the Photographic Collection is one of the world's leading art historical photo archives. Scientific photographic campaigns using state-of-the-art technology support the research at the institute, anticipate research projects, and define new standards for documentary photography.

Current Information

Events

Massimo Piersanti e gli Incontri Internazionali d’Arte

Massimo Piersanti
Inaugurazione e visite guidate previa registrazione online
Nov 16, 2022 - Feb 9, 2023
Bibliotheca Hertziana, Via Gregoriana 30, 00187 Roma

(Dis)Continuities: Navigating Through the History of Ukrainian Art. Meeting 2

Svitlana Rybalko and Oksana Barshynova
Feb 7, 2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome

Neobaroque Modern: Oscar Niemeyer and the Construction of a Brazilian Identity

Tristan Weddigen
Feb 8, 2023 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome

Rinascimento visionario: Giovanni di Paolo tra i surrealisti

Davide Lacagnina
Feb 9, 2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Roma & Zoom

Christoph Keller: Data Error Roma Antichità

Christoph Keller
Opening February 15, 2023
Feb 16, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
Bibliotheca Hertziana, Via Gregoriana 30, 00187 Roma

New Publications


Römische Studien der Bibliotheca Hertziana
Quaderni della Bibliotheca Hertziana
Studi della Bibliotheca Hertziana
Quaderni della Bibliotheca Hertziana
Quaderni della Bibliotheca Hertziana
Bellori Edition
Römische Studien der Bibliotheca Hertziana
Heinrich Wölfflin – Complete Works
Architektenreisen

Media


Massimo Piersanti, Exhibition Photography in 1970s Rome

Massimo Piersanti, Exhibition Photography in 1970s Rome

Video
The first episode of our video series Hertziana Insights focuses on Italian photographer Massimo Piersanti. In view of the digitization of his archive, the video delves into Piersanti’s wide-ranging documentation of artistic and curatorial experiences.
Ach, Mensch! | Tanja Michalsky über die Stadt

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?
Palimpsest Naples. Natural Disasters

Palimpsest Naples. Natural Disasters

Video
The third episode of our video series Hertziana Insights explores the effects of natural disasters on Naples' collective identity, art, architecture and urban tissue.
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