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    Digital Photo Library

    The Photo Library of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is one of the most important academic photo archives in the world for research into Italian art and architecture from the Late Antiquity to the modern day, with a focus on Middle and Upper Italy. Part of the photo archive, which has been growing since 1897 and currently contains 614.000 photographs, is also available online. A quarter of the inventory has already been academically catalogued in HiDA-MIDAS (see Image Index for Art and Architecture).

    The digital inventory of the Photo Library comprises the negatives digitalised by the institute and digital photographs, which are subject to KHI copyright. The Digital Photo Library provides high-resolution pictures in optimum quality for academic purposes.

    The content of the Digital Photo Library is subject to protection in accordance with German copyright law and to restricted use. In using this site, you are agreeing to comply with the terms of use:

    • Reproductions, for example, copies and printouts, are permitted only for private use or for use in public lectures and teaching in schools, universities, and other educational institutions.
    • The production and distribution of reproductions, including those in academic journals, is permitted only with the express written permission of the KHI in Florence.
    • The permission of the trustees of a work of art may be required under Italian law. The user of the reproduction is solely responsible for obtaining this permission. The KHI does not guarantee that it can assist with contacting the trustees of the work of art in question.

    Individual collections

    The Individual Collections incorporate selected fields of the holdings of the Digital Photo Library as historical photographs (e. g. Cimelia Photographica), special photo campaigns (e. g. Boboli Garden, Georgia) or the print collection of the Photo Library. The pre-selection of an Individual Collection allows a detailed search within this particular section.