Iconclass 2100 browser
Iconclass is a classification system designed for art and iconography. It is the most widely accepted scientific tool for the description and retrieval of subjects represented in images (works of art, book illustrations, reproductions, photographs, etc.) and is used by museums and art institutions around the world.
The Netherlands Institute for Art History (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, or RKD) in The Hague acquired the Iconclass software in September 2006. Since then, the RKD has been responsible for the daily management and the further development of the Iconclass system. This activity fits in with the RKD’s role as a terminology-managing institution dedicated to ensuring that automated processes are equipped with controlled vocabulary structures, which can be used for digital descriptions of cultural artefacts.
The Iconclass system is accessible via the Iconclass 2100 Browser (launched in november 2009).
RKD applications Iconclass
The RKD’s Iconography department maintains a large collection of image documentations in paintings, drawings, and prints by Dutch and foreign artists, which which are arranged by subject code. The Icongraphic book collection is also arranged by Iconclass. You can use the RKDlibrary search form and enter the Iconclass notation as the key word.
The database RKDimages is accessible via Iconclass notations (select 'Advanced search', '+ Subject', 'Iconclass-code'; type your Iconclass code).