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).

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  Events

Picturing Seeds of Poppy: Microscopes, Specimens and Visualization in 17th Century England

Christoffer Basse Eriksen
Admission until 11:30
Jan 29, 2020 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

From the Perspective of the Self: Varda's Aesthetics and Politics of Self-Portrayal

Dominique Blüher
Admission until 11:30
Feb 4, 2020 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Geografie della migrazione V: Lamerica (Gianni Amelio, 1994)

Prenotazione obbligatoria
Feb 5, 2020 - Feb 6, 2020
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Liquid Ecologies and Memory Work in Latin American Contemporary Art

Admission until 11:30
Feb 18, 2020 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Visualizing Language

Feb 27, 2020 11:00 - 17:30
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Opportunities

No Vacancies

Opening Hours & Admission

The Library and Photographic Collection are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The entrance is at Via Gregoriana 30 and access is possible with a valid user ID card.

The library is happy to inform you that shelfmarks K, L and KatE (stacks on the Ground Floor) are available again.

 

New Publications


Media


Hertziana Insights - Rome Contemporary

Video

The new video format Hertziana Insights aimed at narrating the scientific activities of the Bibliotheca Hertziana. The first episode of the series is dedicated to the research project Rome Contemporary. The video was made in collaboration with Land Comunications.

Workshop "Travelling Maps" (Day 1)

Video

The international conference "Travelling Maps. Cartography’s nomadic languages across art, literature, politics and media" aims at extending the research horizons developed in the last years around the cartographic dispositive, to deepen the methodologies of the so called "cartographic turn" and revise its categories of analysis in an interdisciplinary interplay.

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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