Photographic Research

Bildindex for Art und Architecture

The "Bildindex" (image index) currently comprises 2.1 million depictions of occidental art and architecture from the collections of the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg and its partners.

Deutsche Fotothek

The image database of the Deutsche Fotothek (German Photographic Collection) contains about 1,900,000 image documents from roughly 80 institutions. The focus is on the history of art, architecture and technology, as well as on estates of photographers.

Kulturelles Erbe Köln

The image database "Kulturelles Erbe Köln" (KEK) is the common scientific image database of the Rheinische Bildarchiv and the museums and collections of the City of Cologne. It serves the presentation of photographs of the collections' objects as well as of holdings of different photographers. Currently, there are more than 420,000 digital images of about 220.000 objects available in the image database.

Digital Photo Library KHI Florenz

The Digital Photo Library of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (KHI) comprises digitized photo collections including historical photo material, predominantly concerning Italian art, with a main emphasis on northern and central Italy. The collections date from different photo archives and photo campaigns of the KHI. They are frequently updated and expanded and currently involve approximately 51,000 high-resolution images. This research tool allows comprehensive research, e.g., on the artworks' iconography, provenance and history of their collecting, as well as on the photographs themselves. 

GDK Research ZI München

GDK Research publishes unknown photographic documents on government-funded art of the Nazi era. The aim is to provide a broader basis of source material for the critical engagement with art- and cultural politics of the Nazi regime.

The digital catalog of the Bibliotheka Hertziana's photo library contains information on approximately 220,000 photographs of more than 158,000 individual works ("objects") of all genres, partly illustrated, and, within the Hertziana network, also of images with limited admission.

Further Services

When entering the search item "Bilddatenbank" in the arthistoricum search bar, you will currently find 40 results for the media type "database" and further 764 results for the mediatype "internet source".