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Hamburg's Civic Art Gallery Reaches Milestone In Digitisation

Hamburger Kunsthalle presents 15,000 drawings and prints from its print room in the world-wide web. Huge benefit for both scientific research and public use

The Hamburger Kunsthalle has reached an important milestone in the online presentation of its art collection: the precious stock of around 4,000 drawings from old master drawings and 11,000 Italian prints (single sheets and prints from books) from the years 1450 to 1850 is now available online. All 15,000 high-quality image data have been linked to their corresponding scientific object data. With the depth of coverage and the quality of the digitised images, the Hamburger Kunsthalle plays a pioneering role among Germany’s museums.

Fully Digital & In Colour

Particularly researchers from all over the world will rejoice at the fully digitalised inventory of drawings by German, Dutch and Italian schools. Previously only available in books as prints, the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and many other outstanding artists have now been made digitally available in full colour for the first time. The presentation of Italian printmaking online opens the access to works that previously were mostly known only by experts.
h2. Leading Graphic Collection in Europe

With approximately 130,000 works, the graphic collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the richest collections of its kind in Europe. With the digitisation, the Kunsthalle now reaches out to a new, international public and strengthens its role in research by promoting scientific exchanges and co-operations. Next to scientists, also the general public interested in the arts will benefit from global networking and enhanced participation opportunities. The digital image and object data can be accessed without registration accessible and can be viewed in high resolution. The search for the works is possible by various criteria, i.e. search term, artist name, or title of work.
h2. Digitisation of Stock to be Continued

The digitisation project of the Kunsthalle was supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture. Funding by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg will continue this year. The HERMANN REEMTSMA FOUNDATION supported the two-year long scientific analysis of Italian printmaking stock, followed by the funding of the particularly high quality digitisation of 7,000 prints from books, many of which are available online for the first time. To meet the special requirements for the digitisation of graphics from large format books, a book cradle of the highest standard was designed in Hamburg. The globally unique “Hamburger Buchwiege” was funded by the Friends of the Print Room MASTERS DRAWINGS.
With the presentation of 15,000 prints and drawings, the first step towards the full development of the print room and the art library has been reached. Continuously, the rest of stock will be made available. Drawings and prints can still be seen at the print room of the Hamburger Kunsthalle by appointment.

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