Excerpted from Portraits: John Berger on Artists (Verso, 2015)
The Rembrandt Database is an inter-institutional research resource for information and documentation on paintings by Rembrandt – or attributed to him, either now or in the past – in museums around the world. The Rembrandt Database is open to anyone, but focuses on academic and museum professionals and students.
The database is still in the development stage. The contents and functionalities of this website are being improved and expanded continuously.
The Rembrandt Database is a joint initiative of the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its content is provided by a range of partner institutions around the world. The Rembrandt Database is generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.
The Rembrandt Database started as a pilot project in 2008. The website was officially launched on 19 September 2012. It will be improved and expanded in the years to come and maintained by the RKD as one of its permanent facilities.