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Arkyves: Online Reference Tool for the History of Culture now available from Brill

New Art History database Arkyves is now available from Brill.

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Brill is proud to announce that Arkyvesis now available as part of its growing Art History publishing program. Arkyves is both a unique database of images and texts, and a meeting place for those who study and write about imagery. All visual and textual sources are made accessible with the help of the multilingual vocabulary for cultural content of the Iconclass system. This system makes it possible to find and retrieve images from various sources on a specific subject.

Arkyves provides access to more than 500,000 images and textual entries from libraries and museums in many countries, among them the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. More collections will follow in the near future. 

Arkyves is a research tool for art historians, book historians and others interested in visual culture. Furthermore, Arkyves is a tool to facilitate and standardize the process of describing images.

Hans Brandhorst and Etienne Posthumus, the developers of the Iconclass browser and the editors of Arkyves, are pleased to have found this partnership. "With Brill we are now able to reach a wider and international audience," Brandhorst says, "which means more scholars can use this unique database for their research."

Learn more about Arkyves at, or at For more information about this partnership, please contact Liesbeth Hugenholtz, Acquisitions Editor Art History, (

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About the editors

Hans Brandhorst, art historian (Leiden University), has published on illuminated manuscripts, emblems and devices, iconography and classification, and digital humanities. He is the editor of the Iconclass system and Arkyves.

Etienne Posthumus is a software developer specializing in digital humanities, metadata and classification systems. He is the developer of the Iconclassbrowser and the Arkyves database.

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 800 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company's key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit



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