Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History


The Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History was founded in 1913 in Rome as an institute of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society for research on Italian art from the area immediately following antiquity and in particular the renaissance and the baroque period. These two époques takes centre stage of the research to date and supplements soon with a third centre stage, the art of the Italian middle ages.

The programme of the Hertziana attends the art arisen in Rome as well as in Middle and Southern Italy since crucial incitements for the entire European art history emanated from there. Last but not least the Roman art owes its status the permanent confrontation with the ancient art in all its forms such for artists is nowhere as present as in Rome.

The institute attends following projects:

  • ArsRoma – science database for art history about painting in Rome 1580-1630
  • Epistemic history of architecture
  • Lineamenta – a database for the study of architectural drawings
  • CIPRO – Maps of Rome online
  • Friedrich Noack: Schedarium of artists in Rome
  • Glossary to the building sector of early modern Rome
  • The activity as a foreign agent of the antique dealer Johann Friedrich Reiffenstein (1719-1793) in Rome
  • Italian Translation with commentary of the lifes of Italian artists by Joachim von Sandrart
  • Cultural Transfer ("Italy and the North", "Italy – Spain");

Architettura e Potere, in collaboration with Centro Studi di Venaria Reale, Turin and Politecnico di Torino (DICAS, II Facoltà di Architettura), Turin.

Regular workshops of the running activities, monthly lectures, study courses for younger academics from the German-speaking countries as well as numerous symposia and congresses provide an opportunity to academic exchange between the members of the institute and guests from outside.

The Bibliotheca Hertziana's stock of specialist literature as well as the collection of photographies of historical assets, with its focus on the history of Italian art from the middle ages to modern times, is accesible online via (in German).

Periodical Publications

Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte


Bibliotheca Hertziana
Max Planck Institute for Art History
Via Gregoriana 28
I – 00187 Roma
Phone: +39 06 69993 227
Fax: +39 06 69993 333