Special collections

Documentary collections and archives

The Rubenianum manages a collection of research archives of art connoisseurs and institutes of art history, the content of which focuses on Flemish fine art from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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.

Through this link you can consult a complete listing of the special collections (click on 'individual titles') and submit a request for consultation in the reading room.