Image request

The RKD provides images from RKDimages, RKDportraitsRKDarchives and RKDtechnical, from the collections of visual documentation, archives and library. The quality of the images depends on the available material.

1. Rates image request

Watermarked image: free

Images in RKDimages, RKDportraits and RKDarchives can be downloaded as jpeg via the button 'Download' The image contains a watermark.

Available image: € 5

Images that have an active 'Order' button can be ordered without watermark for € 5. The quality of the images varies: the number of pixels is shown below the image. The quality of the images varies: the number of pixels is shown below the image. You can request the image through our request form. You will receive a link to the download after payment.

Image request: € 31,50

When the button 'Request scan' is active, it is possible to request a new scan made on 300 ppi A4 size. You can request a new scan by using this form. The delivery time is 3 to 4 weeks after payment.

Fast delivery and Large format € 77,50

With the option Fast delivery we make and deliver the new scan within 3 workdays after payment. With the option Large format, we deliver the image on a larger format than 300 ppi A4 size, for example for a blow-up. Your request can be submitted via this form.


All images will be send via OneDrive.

2. When no images can be delivered

The RKD strives to facilitate the supply of reproductions of material from its collections to the best of its abilities. In certain cases, however, this may not be possible. For more information on what these cases are, please read below.

Material that is fragile or as yet inaccessible

It is not possible to provide scans of material that is fragile or that is part of archives that have not yet been made accessible.

Works of art in public collections

When a work of art is part of a public collection such as a museum, scans are to be ordered directly from the organization in question by you personally at all times, unless the RKD possesses an image which shows the artwork in a state preceding the time at which it was part of the collection concerned. An exception can also be made when the public collection involved is unable to provide a scan.

Works of art in the art market

If an artwork has been offered on the art market or at auction in the past 5 to 7 years, you should initially address orders for scans to the art dealer or auction house involved. If an artwork was offered at an art dealer or auction house longer than 5 to 7 years ago, or if its current whereabouts are unknown, reproduction scans can be ordered from the RKD.

Works of art in private collections

Orders for images of works from private collections are assessed individually by the RKD. The RKD does not disclose addresses of private owners. If possible, the RKD may try contacting the owner with regard to an order.

3. Copyright

If a work is copyrighted, then its use will require permission from the copyright owner. If you distribute material or use it in a publication without having acquired the necessary permission from the copyright owner, then the latter can take legal steps against you. Clients of the RKD are personally responsible for seeing to the proper arrangement of rights relating to the distribution or republication of material from the collection. For further information on copyright, see this page.

4. Disclaimer

The RKD delivers images for personal use by the customer only. Customers indemnify the RKD Foundation against the consequences of any possible claim resulting from distribution or republication.

5. Photo credits

When visual material is used for publication, the applicant is obliged to cite the source in the manner set out below, either by placing it in close proximity of the published image or by including it in a photo credit.

Images from the Images collection:

Photo Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

An archive record:

RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague, Archive (name archive), (archive number between brackets), inventory number (add inv. Nr.)

An original art work:

Name of artist, title art work (in italics), date, technique and carrier, Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

An original art work made by an RKD photographer:

Photograph (name photographer), RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

An image from the RKDimages database:

RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, RKDimages (number between brackets)

Image photographed for use in the project Inventory Decorative Interior Paintings in the Netherlands:

Photograph (name photographer), RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague/RCE, Amersfoort

Image from the IB collection:

Photo Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History/IB, The Hague

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