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!

26.08.2020
From Sept. 1, 2020 the library and the photographic collection will reopen for registered users. Previous online booking and the use of a protective mask are mandatory. All information are available here.

News

Focus su Amatrice. Fotografie di un territorio sismico tra memoria e progetto

May 29, 2020

Come raccontare la varietà e la ricchezza delle testimonianze culturali di una città scomparsa? Dopo il terremoto del 2016, l’immagine di Amatrice è affidata alla memoria delle persone e alle testimonianze storiche, prima fra tutte la fotografia. Una ...

David Zagoury receives Otto Hahn Medal 2019

May 27, 2020

David Zagoury, Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal 2019 for his research on the notion of fantasia in Italian art and art theory of the sixteenth century. The medal recognizes outstanding ...

Opportunities

Events

Michelangelo Antonioni and the Matter of Painting

Matilde Nardelli
Public Event / Participation possible via zoom
Oct 22, 2020 11:30 - 13:00

Ligorio digitale — Idee e prospettive per un' edizione digitale dei manoscritti di Pirro Ligorio

Colloquio e workshop internazionali
Evento trasmesso via zoom
Oct 26, 2020 00:00 - Oct 27, 2020 00:00

Freedom of Movement, by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani

Filmscreening
Event streamed live on our streaming channel
Nov 6, 2020 11:00 - 12:30

"Benché senza colori abbino tutta la forza dell’arte". Monocromia nella teoria e nella pratica pittorica dal Trecento al Seicento

Workshop
Evento trasmesso in diretta streaming / Prenotazione obbligatoria per partecipazione in loco
Dec 2, 2020 09:00 - 19:00

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.

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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