Research institutes
OSK. Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History

The OSK, Onderzoeksschool Kunstgeschiedenis or Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History, is a national organization, founded in 1995, which connects several important institutes in the field of art and architectural historical research in the Netherlands. These institutes comprise the departments of art history and architectural history of eight Dutch universities and seven important sister institutes.

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RKD. Netherlands Institute for Art History

The RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History is a global knowledge institute and the central resource for the study of Dutch and Flemish art in the international context. The RKD operates as an independent international academic documentation and knowledge institute, interacting and working in close collaboration with other stakeholders in the field to reach its target audience all over the world.

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The Rubenianum is a study centre specialized in the art of the late Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, with emphasis on the Low Countries.

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SRAL. Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg

Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg – or SRAL for short - is a leading insititute specialised in the conservation and restoration of paintings, sculptures, modern and contemporary artworks and historic interiors. The interdisciplinary collaboration between our various restoration specialists and researchers provide an integrated approach to conservation issues. Research, consultancy and education courses are also part of SRAL’s domain. SRAL is located in the former Wiebengahal on Avenue Ceramique, Maastricht. The public-viewing studio, where you get a clear view of SRAL’s work, is located in the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht.

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The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture. Its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Through its unique integration of activities, facilities and resources, The Courtauld provides an exceptional environment for research, learning and professional development.

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The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands

The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands was established in 2010 as an initiative of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges and the Flemish Art Collection. Since 2015, the Flemish research is part of the Kenniscentrum vzw, a cultural heritage not-for-profit organisation under the auspices of the City of Bruges. The centre's mission is to stimulate research on the art of the 15th and 16th-century Burgundian Netherlands and disseminate this research on an international level. The Research centre receives subsidies from the Flemish government within the purview of the cultural heritage decree as a consequence of the acknowledgment of the Groeninge Museum as an accredited museum at the Flemish level.

Since 2013, the Flemish research centre, together with the museum library, has been housed in the Sint-Andreas school on the Garenmarkt in Bruges. The centre is accessible to the public by appointment.

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The Getty Conservation Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

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The Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs. Its Research Library and Special Collections of rare materials and digital resources serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and together provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.

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Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

The Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI) in Munich is the only independent art historical research institute in Germany. As a research institution with both national and international orientation and networks, the Zentralinstitut is a locus of art historical research. With its rich program of scholarly events open to the public the ZI understands its role as a forum for scholarly exchange and discussion of current methodological issues and topics in art history.

The ZI has one of the largest and most significant art historical libraries worldwide, counting over 560,000 volumes and around 1,100 current periodical subscriptions. These join the image holdings of its photographic archive (c. 900,000 items) as well as numerous international online resources and databases to make the ZI a major service institution offering outstanding opportunities for art historical research

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