Research

Research into Austrian art history is one of the key objectives of the Belvedere. The federal museum is defined as a scientific institution under public law. In practice, this translates into three focal areas: the curators' applied research, the Research Center’s activities in cataloging and processing key source documents of Austrian art history, and the restoration of the objects in the collection. The latter’s preservation and care are performed based on new scientific findings and technological analyses.

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Josef Dobrowsky, Lehrstunde, 1934 © Belvedere, Wien

Research Center

© Belvedere, Wien

The Belvedere Research Center is dedicated to documenting, indexing, and studying Austrian art in an international context—from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Research Center includes a specialist library, various archives, and online databases that are aligned to the profile of the museum’s collection. In addition to the scholarly processing of key source documents, national art history is inscribed in an increasingly global knowledge landscape through collaborative research projects, conferences, and publications. A central consideration is to enable free, open, and linked access to digitized cultural heritage. Since 2018, the Belvedere has been committed to an Open Content Policy for images of the collection’s artworks that are not subject to copyright. These images can be downloaded in print quality free of charge. Visitors to the Research Center benefit both from the wealth of resources and online databases relating to Austrian art history as well as from the expertise of its staff from the Library, Archive & Provenance Research, Catalogues Raisonnés, Online Collection, Image Archive, and Ursula Blickle Video Archive.

 

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Address

Research Center
Rennweg 4
1030 Vienna
Austria

 

 

Opening hours

(Admittance by appointment only.)

Reopening expected on December 8, 2020.

 

July & August

Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 3 pm

December 24, 2020 to January 6, 2021 closed

 

Getting there

Tram 71

Station "Am Heumarkt"

Tram D

Station "Gußhaustraße"

 

 

Free use

A copying machine is available, which enables the production of copies for a fee or the free production and storage of scans on USB.

 

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Contact

 

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Curatorial Research

Carl Goebel d. J., Der Stammbaumsaal, 1888, © Belvedere, Wien

Curatorial research activities form the foundation for the presentation of the collection and for numerous exhibitions in the Belvedere. The groundwork rests on the scientific examination of the museum's collection, which spans from the Middle Ages to contemporary art. In keeping with current discourses on various periods of art history, the latest scientific findings are incorporated into comprehensive exhibitions, special work presentations, conferences, and publications.

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Restoration

© Belvedere, Wien

The Belvedere’s restoration and conservation department is dedicated to the preservation and care, restoration, and technological research into the art and cultural assets of the Belvedere’s collection, which ranges from the Middle Ages to contemporary art. Its mission is to record and preserve objects of historical and cultural significance. Conserving these irreplaceable originals requires a methodical and scientific approach in order to shed light on the historical, stylistic, iconographical, technological, and material aspects of the artworks. With this in mind, the Belvedere’s conservators devise appropriate strategies. On average, the department conserves and restores 150 paintings and frames each year, and frames and mounts between 100 and 150 graphic works.

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Research Projects

Publications

Werkverzeichnis Marc Adrian
Werkverzeichnis Marc Adrian
Foto: Ouriel Morgensztern, © Belvedere, Wien

As a center of excellence for the research and preservation of Austrian art, more and more the Belvedere is being given and documenting the estates of Austrian artists. By continuously expanding, deepening, and digitizing this key source material, the Research Center is performing important foundational work. Within this context, one focus of scholarly research is the publication of the Belvedere Catalogues Raisonnés series.

More about Catalogues Raisonnés

Catalogues Raisonnés Online

Catalogues Raisonnés Print

 

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Research Events

Digitale Konferenz © Der Knopfdrücker

The Belvedere routinely organizes conferences, seminars, symposia, and workshops. A key objective is to promote an interdisciplinary approach and foster national and international collaboration with universities and cultural and other academic institutions. 

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Library & Archive

Image Archive & Reproductions

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Zweiter Schnabelkopf, 1777/1781
Comparison before and after restoration (1964)
Photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Vienna, Photomontage: Carmen Müller

The Image Archive has compiled and preserves some 30,000 analog images, as well as archives digital image material. The inventory includes images of: objects from the museum collection, Austrian artistic production, interior and exterior views of the palace, exhibition views, and portraits. In addition, the Image Archive administers image rights for the collection and is the point of contact for any reproduction inquiries.

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Reproduction Fees

(for materials not designated under the Open Content Program)

JPG, up to DIN A4
300 dpi

Free of charge

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TIFF, larger than DIN A4
300 dpi

€ 500,00

(excl. 10% VAT)

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Photo Order Fees

 

New Photography

€ 250,00

(excl. 10% VAT)

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Scan of archival material

€ 50,00

(excl. 10% VAT)

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Inquiries and Contact

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Research

Where to search
The collections of the Austrian Gallery Belvedere are globally searchable with the Belvedere research function. Search for publications, archive holdings, or digital resources from the Belvedere Research Center and Ursula Blickle Video Archive, as well as for objects in the museum's collections.