Rembrandt database upgraded and enriched

Today the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History is launching the fully upgraded Rembrandt Database website: This English website makes available unique research material – texts, high-quality images and a range of other data – on paintings by Rembrandt as well as anonymous artists from his school. The site contains art-historical documentation on more than 600 paintings, while technical documentation has also been added for 250 of the works. New functionalities make it easier to access the material and to conduct purposeful research.

National and international data exchange

The database has been enriched with data generated by the comprehensive analysis of Rembrandt’s Saul and David from the Mauritshuis. The museum has inventoried and edited the research results with support from the Johan Maurits Compagnie Foundation. The Tiroler Landesmuseum in Innsbruck has recently published its documentation online. Other partners such as the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, The Leiden Collection in New York and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart will follow shortly.


Starting point for research

The Rembrandt Database is a collaboration between museums, research institutions and scholars around the world. Its aim is to make available visual and textual material that has emerged from the technical analysis and treatment of paintings. This is the first time that this widely dispersed material is being brought together virtually. 

Professor Chris Stolwijk, General Director of the RKD, comments: ‘Conservators, curators, researchers, students and other professionals are already making intense use of the website. Together with its partners the RKD is building the number one portal for Rembrandt research.’ 

The development of the database is a joint initiative of the RKD and the Mauritshuis and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.

Photographic credits
Fig. 1: Rembrandt, Saul and David, c. 1651-1654 and c. 1655-1658, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, inv. no. 621 (Photograph Margareta Svensson, Mauritshuis)
Fig. 2: Ultraviolet light study of the painting during conservation treatment (Photograph Margareta Svensson, Mauritshuis)