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

Reopening

06.04.2021
The library and photographic collection are accessible again from Tuesday, April 6, 2021 with a limited number of seats. Reservations can be made via our electronic booking system.

News

Scientific cooperation Visualizing the Unknown awarded by Dutch Research Council (NWO)

May 28, 2021

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a prestigious Open Competition Grant to the project Visualizing the Unknown in 17th-century Science and Society, a cooperation between the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, the ...

Uno spazio online per l'immaginario della controcultura

May 07, 2021

Sul web oltre 1.000 documenti sulla creatività politico-artistica degli anni '60 e '70, grazie alla collaborazione tra Bibliotheca Hertziana e la Fondazione Echaurren Salaris. Dal 13 maggio 2021 saranno consultabili sul sito della Bibliotheca ...

Events

Conference: Diagrams in Science, Science in Diagrams

Conference
Online event via Zoom
Jun 14, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021

Henriette Hertz Lecture: "Doll & Stool: Materiality and Identity of Senegal’s Signares"

Anne Lafont
Online event via Zoom
Jun 21, 2021 17:00 - 18:30

Disability, Art, Agency: Participation and the Revision of the Senses

Amanda Cachia
Online event via Zoom
Jun 22, 2021 17:00 - 19:00

Visual Arts and Communication in Postwar Industry: Corporate House Organs as Tools for International Strategic Policies

Donatella Germanese and Carlo Vinti
Online event via Zoom
Jun 28, 2021 11:00 - 12:30

New Publications


Media


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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