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.

Ordering and re-ordening motifs, themes, stories and iconographic details in kaleidoscopic fashion Arkyves will make you find many things you did not realize you were looking for.

What medieval people thought crocodiles looked like, or animals in general. Do research on the concept of carrying someone on your back, or envy or love.

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?

Interested in typography and printing?

Here is our collection of printers devices, ornaments and decorated initials.

Latest addition to Arkyves

A selection of papers presented at the 10th International Conference of the Society for Emblem Studies held at the Christian-Albrechts-Universit├Ąt in Kiel (Germany), 27 July - 1 of August 2014

Juan de Boria, Empresas morales, Franciscus Foppens, Brussels 1680 (with additions by the grandson Francisco de Borja) [University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 096.1 B644e 1680 ]
Vincenzo Cartari, Les Images des Dieux des ancients (Imagini degli dei degli antichi), Lyons, Barthelemey Honorat, 1581 [ Glasgow University Library, Stirling Maxwell Add. 229 ]