Reference tool for the History of Culture
Arkyves is a database, treasure trove and toolbox for those interested in the History of Culture. It is a single access point for thematic searches across a wide variety of cultural heritage collections, contributed by partners like the Dutch Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Herzog August Bibliothek, and the university libraries of Milan, Utrecht, Glasgow, and Illinois.
Very rich, but standardized subject information is offered as all collections share the use of ICONCLASS, the most widely accepted multilingual classification system for cultural content.
Look at the topsy-turvy world
Find some pictures of saint Francis, or of the effects of drinking too much, or of people wearing spectacles, reading and writing, or digging. Gather material for a study of childhood or old age, of the poor or the rich, or simply of cats, dogs, or wild animals or foodstuffs ... or a tableau of cats with fishes?
Need some assistance, e.g. during an Arkyves trial?
If you are testing Arkyves it is useful to look at some sample queries, and get some help with the query functionalities. To this end we have created a 'gentle introduction' and are presently constructing a page with sample queries to which we invite your input.
Latest additions to Arkyves
The 'Manticora', from: Bestiary and various theological texts, British Library, MS ROyal 12 C XIX]
The Mantichora, from:Edward Topsell, The historie of foure-footed beastes. Describing the true and liuely figure of euery beast, with a discourse of their seuerall names, conditions, kindes, vertues ..., Washington, Folger, Shakespeare Library, STC 24123]
Gerhard Mercator, Historia Mundi, London, 1635, Washington, Folger, Shakespeare Library, STC 17824.5]
Jan Steen, Bathsheba after the bath (ca 1670-1675) [Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum]
Interested in typography and printing?
Here is our collection of printers devices, ornaments and decorated initials.