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 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.

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

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

Important Notice 

From 1 May 2022, the Green Pass will no longer be required for access to the library and photographic collection. Wherever a minimum distance of approx. 1.5 metres cannot be guaranteed, e.g. in case of multiple occupancy of tables, the wearing of a mask is recommended. More

Opening Hours & Admission

Please note our updated opening hours and terms of admission. More

Videos of our events

A selcetion of recordings of our events are available on our Vimeo channel. If you cannot find what you're looking for, please contact .

Events

Ringvorlesung: "Entangled Art Histories" – Objekte-Narrative-Diskurse

Ringvorlesung
Veranstaltungsort: Universität Salzburg
Oct 6, 2022 05:15 PM (Local Time Germany) - Jan 26, 2023 05:15 PM
Universität Salzburg

Settimana tedesca

Iniziativa culturale
Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022
Bibliotheca Hertziana ed altri

Shaping "Spanish" Sicily: Spaces of Interaction and Dynamics of Power, Society and Visuality

Workshop
Oct 10, 2022 - Oct 11, 2022
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Spazialità e identità in Italia (1796-1943). Definizione e metodologia

Conferenza interdisciplinare
Oct 13, 2022 - Oct 14, 2022
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Digital Publishing for the Humanities – New Technologies and Ideas

Conference
Event on-site and online via Zoom
Oct 18, 2022 - Oct 19, 2022
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Roma & Zoom

New Publications


https://www.biblhertz.it/en/pub/bellori-edition
Bellori Edition
Römische Studien der Bibliotheca Hertziana
Römische Studien der Bibliotheca Hertziana
Heinrich Wölfflin – Complete Works
Römische Studien der Bibliotheca Hertziana
Studi della Bibliotheca Hertziana
Studi della Bibliotheca Hertziana
Architektenreisen

Media


Raphael and Stalin in Dresden: Art, Display, and Ideology

Raphael and Stalin in Dresden: Art, Display, and Ideology

Video
Given Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Spring Term Opening Lecture addresses the ideological and geopolitical abuse of art in the case of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna in Dresden as to unfold the historical semantics of its display.
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?
Hertziana Insights

Hertziana Insights

Video
The video series Hertziana Insights presents selected research projects of the Bibliotheca Hertziana. The first two episodes of the series are dedicated to the research initiative Rome Contemporary. Every video is available in Italian, German, and English.
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