Update on digitisation: Old Netherlandish Paintings is currently being digitised

The RKD is still on course in the digitisation trajectory of visual documentation: this week we made a start on preparing the last section of the collection of Old Netherlandish Paintings for digitisation.

This section contains photos and reproductions of paintings by Northern and Southern Netherlandish artists from the period 1400 to 1800. Once digitisation is complete, the images will only be available in digital form at the RKD. A large part of the collection can already be consulted electronically through the RKD Viewer application installed on the computers in our reading and study rooms.

Previews of the RKD Viewer application. © RKD


Over the coming weeks more and more boxes from the last section of Old Netherlandish Paintings – known to seasoned RKD visitors as 'presorted' – will be removed from the open shelves in order to be digitised. The 'presorted' category consists of uncatalogued visual material relating to Northern and Southern Netherlandish artists of the fifteenth through to the eighteenth century. Visual documentation in this section is arranged alphabetically by artist and comes after Anonymous Artists.


Visitors can find out which items are no longer available for consultation in the study room and which numbers can be accessed through RKD Viewer by checking the latest weekly updates here. We also aim to keep you informed of the digitisation process via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram as well as the RKD Newsletter.

Boxes are collected from the study room every morning to be prepared for digitisation that day. For questions about digitisation in connection with your research, please contact email or phone 070-3339777. To avoid disappointment due to the unavailability of material, we recommend that you call us between 9 and 10 am.