Virtual printroom online
De L'Histoire Entiere Des Poissons, 1558, Holzschnitt
HAB 38.5.Phys.2° (1)
In Co-operation with the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig, the Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar at the University Göttingen and the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
The Kupferstichkabinett online (Virtual Printroom online) is the follow-up on a joint project being carried out by the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) in Wolfenbüttel and the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum (HAUM) in Braunschweig. The aim of the project is to create a virtual combination of a representative selection of items from the print collections of both institutions. These include holdings which once belonged to the former ducal collections, but are now divided between the HAUM and the HAB. The main focus will be on works dating from before 1800. In the first project phase of 4 years more than 46,000 prints have been digitalised and described. In this project phase additional 14,000 grafic sheets shall be digitalised and described, among them sheets from darunter volumes of the dukes Julius, Heinrich Julius and August, of the graphic and topographic collections as well as signs of Nürnbergian goldsmiths. Descriptions and linked images will be entered into a database which will be freely available via the internet. Formal descriptions will be based on international standards. In addition all imprints will be indexed by Foto Marburg using Iconclass. The database will be accessible via a common internet portal of the HAUM and HAB, as well as through the indexes of the archives of Bildarchiv Foto Marburg.
In March 2011 there was an international conference "Printroom online" organised by the Herzog August Bibliothek and the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum. Information and abstracts of the contributions are available.
A presentation of the project given at Herbsttagung des Dt. Museumsbunds | Fachgruppe Dokumentation | Berlin 2011 by Christiane Pagel: here (PDF).
In October 2016 there will be an international conference "The Collecting of Graphic Arts from a Historical Perspective. Research and Digitisation in Dialogue". See the programme here.