RKD - Netherlands Institute for Art History
One of the most respected art historical institutes in the world
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5
2595 BE The Hague
T +31 70 333 97 77
The RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History - is the global knowledge and documentation centre for fine arts in the Netherlands. For over eighty years it has been collecting, managing and providing access to art historical information for museums, cultural heritage organisations and research institutes, auction houses, the art trade, professionals and private individuals. Our unique collections can be consulted in our reading room and via www.rkd.nl. Many thousands of visitors from The Netherlands and abroad consult us every year.
The RKD collections are vital to art historical research. The RKD has the largest collection of Visual Documentation in the world, with some seven million photographs, reproductions and digital images of paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphics and design from the Middle Ages to the present day. Our Library is the largest art reference library in the Netherlands. It contains a wide range of monographs, early editions and rare books, general literature about art, and one of the largest collections of auction catalogues in the world. The Archival Collection, extending to nearly one and a half kilometres of shelving, contains unique records of artists, artists’ societies, art historians and critics, galleries and collectors of Dutch and Flemish fine art and design. Together with the Press Documentation – millions of press cuttings and printed matter about all facets of art – and the Technical Documentation concerning the technical examination of works of art, our collections are an unequalled source of knowledge and information.