Digitisation of visual documentation Nineteenth Century begins

In collaboration with Picturae, the RKD has started digitising the collection of Nineteenth-century Dutch and Belgian Art. The collection contains photos and reproductions of paintings, drawings and sculpture by artists born between 1775 and 1875, including such names as Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, Isaac Israels and Jan Toorop.


Before we can start work on the actual digitisation, the boxes are checked in several stages and prepared by RKD staff. This means that certain parts of the visual documentation are temporarily unavailable. If you are planning to consult the visual documentation of Nineteenth-century Dutch and Belgian Art for your research, then please get in touch with us first via or visit this page for the latest updates on our digitisation programme. As soon as the images have been digitised you will be able to view them through the RKD Viewer tool in our Study Room.

Digitisation and RKD Viewer

Since the launch of the RKD digitisation project in June 2018, we have scanned a total of almost 2 million records. In the past twelve months the collections of Old Netherlandish Drawings, Old Netherlandish Paintings as well as the first batch of Foreign Art have been made available in the RKD Viewer, our temporary app that allows you to view and compare high-resolution images. In the coming years, the RKD is on course to make the bulk of its visual documentation available for worldwide consultation through RKD Explore.

1. Jan Toorop, The print lover, 1900, Kröller-Müller Museum
2. Isaac Israels, Group portrait with, from left to right, the artists Carel Adolph Lion Cachet, Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof and Theo Nieuwenhuis, 1894, private collection