Arbeitskreis Graphik vernetzt

The international network Graphik vernetzt was founded in 2011 during the conference „Kupferstichkabinett online“ held in Wolfenbüttel. It has participants from more than 70 collections of prints and drawings from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and the Netherlands (museums, libraries, archives etc.). It aims to establish common standards in digitisation projects focusing on works on paper. Moreover, it develops strategies for linking data across collections. We share our experience and give us mutual support in digital enterprises.

On behalf of the working group Graphik vernetzt the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg has developed the Graphikportal. This union catalogue serves to present images and metadata of works on paper from many European collections. It is designed according to scientific standards and gives free access to information. Each item is put into diverse contexts, e.g. one can search for images of the same subject or by the same artist. Moreover, all impressions stemming from the same plate or block can be brought together in one search result. Finally, all artworks are classified according to their function or technique.
Graphic art that has remained nearly invisible, as it needs to be stored in dark boxes in order to be protected from damage caused by ultra-violet light. Thanks to the Graphikportal it is now digitally accessible for everyone at any time enabling cross-collection research. This helps to foster the impact and value of prints and drawings collections from all over the world.

The Graphikportal is online at

Get involved!

Employees of print collections who are interested in the digital
publication of their collection are warmly welcomed to join our
research group. Please direct your inquiry to:


  • Dr. Christian Bracht, Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg

  • Dr. Regina Doppelbauer, Albertina, Vienna

  • Dr. Anita Haldemann, Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett

  • Dr. David Klemm, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kupferstichkabinett