RKD Netherland Institute for art History
In collaboration with a number of museums and Professor C. Richard Johnson, Jr. of Cornell University, the RKD provides access to high resolution images of works of art to stimulate research and teaching in computer-assisted analysis of canvas and paper used as supports for fine art. The image collections can be used by professors and students of engineering, computer science and applied mathematics to develop image processing applications and visualization tools. Moreover, the images are useful for teaching in conservation and technical art history.
For research and teaching in canvas thread counting and roll mate identification. Includes 4 X-radiographs of paintings by Vermeer from the Rijksmuseum and 6 X-radiographs of paintings by Van Gogh from the Van Gogh Museum. 2.26 GB
For research and teaching in laid paper examination and mold mate identification. Includes 129 beta-radiographs of prints by Rembrandt from the Morgan Library & Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1.63 GB
The image collections can be downloaded on request (see below). They are intended for scholarly, non-commercial use only. Use of the images is subject to the following terms and conditions.
If you would like access to the images and agree to the above terms, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should include your name and affiliation, the image collection you would like to get access to, plus a one sentence summary of your intended use. Requests by students should include a separate emailed endorsement from a faculty/research supervisor. For a group of students, the faculty/research supervisor should send one request and list the names and email ids of all proposed student users. The images would be provided with associated metadata and an introductory text on how to use them.