In collaboration with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Image Archive (Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz), Artstor now makes available more than 21,000 images of key works from the Berlin State Museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) in the Digital Library. This collection includes vases and sculptures from the 6th to 4th century BC, Etruscan art, Byzantine art, the friezes and reconstruction of the west front of the Pergamon Altar, as well as masterpieces from such canonical artists as Albrecht Dürer, Caspar David Friedrich, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Hieronymus Bosch, Käthe Kollwitz, Lovis Corinth, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias Grünewald, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt, among many others.
At the time of the agreement, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, then President of the Prussian Cultural Properties Foundation, commented, “The Berlin State Museums have always been exceptionally significant places for scientific research and collection building. The modern possibilities of digital technology expand greatly on this potential and allow us not only to present these treasures, but also to link this effort with other important organizations, such as Artstor, to a degree previously unimaginable.”
The Berlin State Museums consist of sixteen museums, each with its own special area of competence, representing the result of centuries of collecting. The works in the Digital Library come from the collections of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection), Alte Nationalgalerie (The Old National Gallery), Altes Museum (The Old Museum), Antikensammlung Berlin (Berlin Antiquities Collection), Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum), Gemäldegalerie (The Picture Gallery), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum for the Present), Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection), Museum Berggruen, Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures), Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Museum of Asian Art), Museum für Fotografie (Museum of Photography), Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art), Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History), Neue Nationalgalerie (The Mew National Gallery), Neue Nationalgalerie (The New National Gallery), Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (The Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection), Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst (Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art), and Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) .
View the collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/berlin
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Berlin State Museums collection page.