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


  Events

Model Rome – International Capital Cities of Science and Arts in the 20th Century

Registration required
Oct 22, 2019 18:00 - Oct 24, 2019 16:00
Villa Lante (Finnish Institute), German Historical Institute (DHI), German Archaelogical Institute

The Agency of Architectural Settings – Invention, Time and Place in Fra Angelico's Nicholas V Chapel

Livia Lupi
Oct 29, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

The Agency of Architectural Settings – Invention, Time and Place in Fra Angelico's Nicholas V Chapel

Registration required - Fully booked
Oct 29, 2019 14:00
Cappella Niccolina, Vatican Apostolic Palace

Storia restauro struttura

Enrico da Gai, Massimo Majowiecki, Antonello Mezzaluna, Elisabetta Pallotino
Oct 31, 2019 17:00 - 19:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

"Here's looking at you, kid." Pride and mockery in Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain

Martin Raspe
Nov 4, 2019 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Una collezione di pittura italiana smarrita: la formazione del primo museo d'arte moderna del Brasile

Ana Gonçalves Magalhães
Nov 5, 2019 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Geografie della migrazione II: Viaggio in Italia (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)

Prenotazione obbligatoria
Nov 6, 2019 - Nov 7, 2019
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Menacing Laughter and other Bodily Contortion

Francesca Alberti
Nov 12, 2019 11:00 - 14:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Glass Vessels, Camel Imagery, House Façades: The Venetian Art of Commodities (13th – 14th Centuries)

Ella Beaucamp and Philippe Cordez
Nov 13, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

The Pictorial Evidence of Ruins: From Rome to Homs

Nov 14, 2019 15:00 - Nov 15, 2019 15:00
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Academia Belgica, Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History

Petrography and Persuasion: Nicola Pisano’s Material, Intermedial and Cross-Cultural Experiments in the 1260s and 1270s

Luca Palozzi
Nov 19, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Il cantiere del cinquecento: architettura a decorazione. I. Roma

Nov 25, 2019 14:00 - Nov 27, 2019 18:00
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Musei Vaticani, Bibliotheca Hertziana

Geografie della migrazione III: La ragazza con la pistola (Mario Monicelli, 1968)

Prenotazione obbligatoria
Dec 4, 2019 - Dec 5, 2019
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Geografie della migrazione IV: Pane e cioccolata (Franco Brusati, 1974)

Prenotazione obbligatoria
Jan 8, 2020 - Jan 9, 2020
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Eye to eye with a 350-year old cow: Leeuwenhoek's specimens and original microscope reunited in historic photoshoot

October 16, 2019

What may be the earliest surviving objects seen by microscope – specimens prepared and viewed by the early Dutch naturalist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek – have been reunited with one of his original microscopes for a state of the art photoshoot.

more

Hertziana Insights – Rome Contemporary

Il nuovo video format Hertziana Insights volto a raccontare le attività scientifiche della Bibliotheca Hertziana. Il primo episodio della serie è dedicato al progetto di ricerca Rome Contemporary. Il video è stato realizzato in collaborazione con Land Comunications.

more

Unavailable shelf marks

The shelfmarks groups K, L, KatE are currently not accessible. We regret the circumstances and kindly ask for your understanding.

New Publications


Go to Editor View