History and collection profile
In the past, acquisitions and donations of documentary collections have been incorporated either fully or in part into the documentation on works of art. Special collections are all collections (or sections of such) that have been preserved separately. Since 2015, the policy has changed. The standard procedure is now for all new acquisitions of documentary collections and archives to be preserved and made accessible as separate collections.
As a rule, all these collections have been compiled by an art connoisseur or institute of art history, and each contains documentation about a specific artist or a specific theme within the field of Flemish art of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Consulting these resources
The Rubenianum strives to make its collections as accessible as possible, taking into consideration the restrictions imposed by conditions attached to donations or the exigencies of conservation. Click through to the separate collections for more detailed explanations about search options and accessibility.