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The collecting of graphic arts from a historical perspective. Research and digitisation in dialogue

The idea of creating a digital resource of prints and drawings has in recent years become a reality on a global scale – for example the virtual print room of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig and the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel ( A collaborative project of these two institutions, along with the University of Marburg - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg and the University of Göttingen, is currently linking the online publication of prints and drawings from the collections of Braunschweig and Wolfenbüttel with iconographic indexing and academic research into the early modern collecting of prints.
The conference will take as its starting point two key questions. How can research into the history of art collecting and digital indexing work together to form a mutually beneficial partnership? How can indexing adapt to the demands of the research community?
Papers on the following subjects and case studies will be welcome:
• The theory and practice of collecting in the early modern period
• Case studies: religious and secular orders, private individuals, artists and universities as collectors of graphic arts
• Networks and trade structures: art agents, dealers, advisers
• The indexing and publicising of graphic collections: from the ‘Recueil’ to the online database
• How can indexing and online publication adapt to the demands of the research community?
• The functionality and organisational systems of graphic collections
• The research and documentation of provenances
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers devoted to the subjects mentioned above.
Proposals (maximum of 500 words) with the title of the paper, institutional affiliation (if applicable), postal and email address and a short CV can be sent up to 30 November 2015 to: The conference programme will be published in early 2016 on the conference website:

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