Questions and Answers about the digitisation of the visual documentation

To make the collections of the RKD immediately accessible, globally, and at any time of day, we are this year beginning the digitisation of one of our core collections, namely the visual documentation The first phase of this sizeable project will commence in April: approximately 1.5 million objects, stored in 15,500 boxes and filed away in about 80,000 folders, will be digitised.

This means that a large part of the visual documentation currently in the green boxes in the Study Room will become accessible digitally in the course of the year. The visual documentation will be scanned section by section and then made available electronically. The first section to be processed is Old Netherlandish Drawing, followed respectively by Old Netherlandish Painting, Nineteenth-Century Art and Old Netherlandish Art other than Painting or Drawing. Once the visual documentation from the green boxes has been scanned and checked, the data will be made available digitally through a temporary online app and, in due course, RKD Explore.

Would you like to know how the preparations will affect you or how the collection of visual documentation can be consulted after digitisation? Here you can find the answers to 14 frequently asked questions about the digitisation of the visual documentation.

If you want to make contact, we have set up an email address specifically for questions about Phase I of the digitisation project: