These include holdings of the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel that once belonged together but are now split between the HAUM and the HAB.

The selection focused on pre-1850 prints. In the first stage of the project, 37,000 graphic sheets were digitised and catalogued at the HAB. Another 8,000 graphic works were processed later. These included sheets from books and albums of graphic works belonging to three of the dukes of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (Julius, Heinrich Julius and August); drawings and new accessions to the collection of graphic works; and glued or bound graphic works from the manuscript collection, chiefly from the early modern holdings.

The descriptions were entered into a dedicated database, then linked to the digitised copies and made freely available to online users. In addition, all the sheets were indexed using ICONCLASS. The descriptions are listed in a shared online portal, in the image index of the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (German Documentation Centre for Art History – Foto Marburg Picture Archive) and in the Graphikportal, a specialist database. The in-depth cataloguing process was supported by research conducted by the art history department at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen on the history and character of the collection of prints in the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

Click here for the virtual collection of prints.

Funding: Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture, MWK)
Duration: April 2018 – July 2020
Project participants: Judith Tralles (team member), Dr Christian Heitzmann (contact)