Photo Study Collection
The Photo Study Collection of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte is a non-lending research collection. The collection is open to visitors during opening hours with free shelf access.
The collection is neither to be considered as a photographic agency nor does it hold negatives. Photographs can only be ordered directly from the holder of the specific work of art (i.e. museums, collections, private owners) or from the respective photographers.
At present, the number of (black and white) photographs amounts to approx. 650,000. Some of them are original vintage prints.
Key aspects of activity concern:
The 'Colour slide-Archive of murals and ceiling paintings', covering the period between the Gothic Age and the end of the 19th century, holds approx. 40,000 slides taken between 1943 and 1945. All slides have been digitalized within the last years and put into an image database; since October 21st, 2005, this database is online for free: www.zi.fotothek.org
A documentation on works of art made during National Socialism features photographs of works of painting and sculpture which had been exhibited in the "House of German Art" (Haus der Deutschen Kunst), as well as photographs of the "Führer-Building", the "Administration Building" and the "Temples of Honour" near Königsplatz.
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