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

Rome and Naples in spring 2020. Documentary photography during the lockdown

February 01, 2021

An online exhibition by the Photographic Collection of the Bibliotheca Hertziana  Max Planck Institute for Art History, with photographs by Enrico Fontolan, Marcello Leotta and Luciano, Marco and Matteo Pedicini.

Events

What's next for Art History and Cultural Analytics: Features, Dimensions, Networks

Harald Klinke
Online event via Zoom
Apr 21, 2021 10:15 - 11:30

When the House Took Flight: Printed Media and Replicas of the Santa Casa di Loreto

Erin Giffin
Online event via Zoom
Apr 29, 2021 11:00 - 13:00

Il cappello del brigante. Intrattenimento pittoresco e cultura visuale in età romantica

Giulio Tatasciore
Evento online via Zoom
May 3, 2021 11:00 - 13:00

The City: Traces of Urban Memories

Conference
Online event via Zoom
May 10, 2021 15:00 - 19:00

The Layouts of Paratexts in 16th-century Learned Books

Ann Blair
Online event via Zoom
May 12, 2021 15:00 - 17:00

New Publications


Media


Hertziana Insights - Rome Contemporary

Video
The new video format Hertziana Insights aims 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.

Heinrich Wölfflin in the Hispanic World. Spring Term Opening Lecture

Video
The lecture explores the reception of Kunstwissenschaft in Spain and Latin America and, more specifically, the fundamental impact of Heinrich Wölfflin's "Principles of Art History", published in 1915. This is to show how terms and methods of our discipline have been adopted, appropriated and transformed for constructing political, national and ethnic identities and to reflect on the issues of a global art history. 

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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