Research links

Institute of Art History (IKG)

Here you will find helpful tips on researching (art historical) literature, scholarships, scientific institutions, ...

Research links

Research aids

Recherchehilfen und Online-Tutorien

  • WLB Stuttgart

    Tutorial on literature and image research provided by the Württemberg State Library

  • Ad fontes

    Ad fontes is a study programme offered by the University of Zurich for all researchers who work with historical materials. It is aimed not only at students of history and other historical disciplines, but also at interested amateurs and experts. ..." Click here for the introduction.

Researching literature

Looking up literature in local and regional catalogues

  • Universitätsbilbliothek Stuttgart-Kataloge

    Here you can search extensively, on a local, national as well as international level: printed books and journals, e-books, e-journals, electronic university publications as well as microfilmed material can be searched.

  • Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund (SWB)

    Network of academic libraries from Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony

Looking up literature in national and international catalogues

  • Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK)

    The KVK is a meta-search interface that forwards search queries to several library catalogues. Available are: Four German compound catalogues (SWB, BVB, HBZ, GBV), the journal database ZDB, the KNO storage catalogue, the VLB, the British compound catalogue COPAC, as well as the online catalogues of the Karlsruhe and Stuttgart libraries.

  • Kubikat

    Specialised composite catalogue of various art historical institutes.

  • Art Discovery Group Catalogue

    Special catalogue for searching within WorldCat for art historical information sources worldwide.

    In addition to the collections of the participating art libraries (books, journal articles, electronic media, films, sound recordings, etc.), it also includes free and licensed content from online publications and databases such as the OCLC essay database Article First.


    For searching, the functions of WorldCat are available, such as various search filters and the option to refine search results.

  • BHA

    Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Articles and essays from more than 1,200 journals (The BHA database finished operations in 2007 and its work has been continued since 2008 by the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), which requires a licence and is accessible via a licence from the WLB ).

  • IBA The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) has continued the work of the BHA since 2008. Approximately 500 journals are covered, as well as monographs, collections of essays, congress publications and exhibition catalogues.

Looking up literature using online services

  • DBIS

    Database Infosystem of the University of Stuttgart. Allows you to search art history-specific databases. Includes a link to the Bibliography of the History of Art.

  • EZB

    The Electronic Journals Library. Allows you to research journals that offer full-text articles. Department of Art History.

  • Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to PCs, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable devices. ePub, Kindle, HTML and plain text formats can be chosen from.

  • Heidelberger historische Bestände

    Digitised manuscripts provided by the University of Heidelberg.

  • Digitale Bestände WLB
    Digitised manuscripts provided by the State Library of Württemberg (WLB).

Image databases

Image databases for research and teaching purposes

  • easydb
    The image database co-maintained by the Institute of Art History. More about easydb and access to this database can be found on the page Mediathek.
  • Prometheus

    A dispersed image archive for research and teaching purposes. To use the Prometheus service outside the university, you need to use a VPN connection to the network of the University of Stuttgart. You can find out more about Prometheus and access to this database on the Media centre page.

  • Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur

    Image Index of Art and Architecture of the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg.

Other image databases

  • Web Gallery

    Private image database on European painting and sculpture from the 12th to the middle of the 19th century.

  • Base Jaconde

    Catalogue of French museum collections.


    Image database on Italian sculpture.

  • Bibliotheka Herziana

    Max Planck Institute for Art History. You can Search the Institute's digital library and photo library.

  • Europeana

    Digitised collections of European libraries, museums and archives.

  • Digitaler Portraitindex
    Image database for printed portraits of the early modern period.

 Meta search engines for image research

  • Artcyclopedia

    Meta search engine for image research in image databases and on museum websites.

Information on art history


        • Forschungsverbund Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel (MWW)
          The MWW research association offers several scholarship programmes. On the one hand, the aim is to promote young researchers at the postgraduate level. Particular attention is paid to the field of digital humanities. On the other hand, international researchers are to be given the opportunity to pursue collection-related and cross-collection research questions in one or more of the three affiliated institutions and to exchange ideas with the researchers of the three MWW research projects.

        • The Schaufler Foundation

          supports students at the University of Stuttgart within the framework of the Deutschlandstipendium. It awards two scholarships for the students of the IKG. You can find the application modalities here.

Online portals for art historians

Sources of information

        • The Getty Research Institute
          The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts. Its Research Library with special collections of rare materials and digital resources serves an international community of scholars and the interested public.
        • Worldwide Arts Resources
          Large site for contemporary art, art news, art history, contemporary artist and gallery portfolios. Hier ist auch eine Bildrecherche zu zeitgenössischer Kunst möglich.
        • Art History Resources on the Web

          Pages on different eras and artists

        • Internet Art Resources

          Database for North American Art

        • Sehepunkte

          Review Journal for the Humanities

        • Resources in Art History
          Grants, Fellowships, Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities for Graduate Students in Art History
          International online gallery and museum guide for modern, contemporary and emerging art
        • Archivdatenbank der Akademie der Kuenste

          The Archive of the Academy of Arts is one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on modern art and culture in the German-speaking world. Recently, its extensive collections have been made available to everyone for online research. In addition, the files of the Prussian Academy of Arts are available in digital form.

 Mailing lists

        • H-Artist

          Network for Art History in the H-net

        • H-Soz-Kult

          Information and communication network for historians

Job Market

        • Die Zeit
          Job postings on the newspaper die Zeit
        • Mentoring

          Mentoring Programme of the University of Stuttgart for Women in Science and Research.

        • Stellenwerk Stuttgart

          The official job portal of the University of Stuttgart.


        • Betacity
          The unmoderated mailing list of betacity serves as an exchange between professionals active in the arts, media, design and related areas.
  • KSK: Kunsthistorischer Studierenden Kongress
    The Art History Students' Congress serves as a platform for intensive exchange among art history students.
  • Portal Kunstgeschichte
    The Portal Kunstgeschichte (Art History Portal) is an online magazine that provides up-to-date information with a scholarly perspective on all aspects of art and art history.
  • Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
    In its work, the ZKM combines production of artworks and research on them, exhibitions and events, mediation and documentation.
  • Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte | München
    The Central German Institute of Art History is a place of research and international academic exchange. It organises lectures and conferences and issues various publications, including the Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte and the monthly Kunstchronik.
  • The Warburg Institute
  • The Getty Information Institute
  • Iconclass Homepage
    The iconographic classification system developed by Henri van de Waal. Via the WWW version of the Iconclass Browser, iconographic terms can be researched either via keywords or in ascending and descending order in the system hierarchy. Iconographic cross-links and the iconclass notations can be determined here as well.
  • Giraff-IFFD
    Interdisciplinary Franco-German Research Foundation . The IFFD-GIRAF association is made up of young European academics and researchers working in the field of Franco-German interaction in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The aims of GIRAF IFFD include the creation of an information network (scholarships, jobs, colloquia, etc.), the promotion of scientific exchange between young researchers, as well as the with the various French and German institutions.
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