Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute of Art History

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Template:Cleanup The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute of Art History is a German research institute located in Rome, Italy. It was founded by a donation of Henriette Hertz in 1912 as a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Of the 80 institutes in the Max Planck Society (Max Planck Gesellschaft), it is one of three not located in Germany.

The institute is situated in the historical centre of Rome near Trinità dei Monti in a cluster of four buildings along the Via Gregoriana: the 16th-century Palazzo Zuccari, the adjacent Palazzo Stroganoff, the Villino Stroganoff across the road and the new library building (completed in 2011) designed by the Spanish architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg.


The Bibliotheca Hertziana was founded in 1913 in Rome as an institute of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society for research on Italian art from the period immediately following antiquity, and in particular the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. These two epochs take centre stage in the research to date and soon will be joined by a third focus, the art of the Italian Middle Ages.

The programme of the Hertziana focuses on the art of Rome as well as that of central and southern Italy, as they were the cradle of important developments that affected European art history as a whole. Last but not least, Roman art owes its status to Roman artists' permanent confrontation with ancient art in all its forms—an interaction that is unavoidable in Rome.

The institute supports the 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 lives 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 on current projects, monthly lectures, study courses for younger academics from the German-speaking countries as well as numerous symposia and congresses provide opportunities for academic exchange between the members of the institute and guests from outside.

The Bibliotheca Hertziana's holdings of specialist literature as well as its collection of photographs of historical assets, with its focus on the history of Italian art from the Middle Ages to modern times, are accessible online via the institute's online catalogues.

Since 1990, the Bibliotheca Hertziana has awarded the Hanno and Ilse Hahn Prize every second year for outstanding merit in the field of Italian art and architectural history. The prize is named after the only son and daughter-in-law of the late president of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Otto Hahn, who were killed in an accident in France in 1960.

Periodical Publications

  • Römisches Jahrbuch
  • Römische Forschungen
  • Römische Studien
  • Studi della Bibliotheca Hertziana
  • Publications outside the series and in collaboration with other institutions
  • Electronic Publications



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