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THE ALBERTINA VOLUMES OF HISTORICAL PRINTS. A film from the series "Museum in a Nutshell"

Category: Behind the Scenes 21. November 2022

As Albert von Sachsen-Teschen's print collection was growing in the 18th century, the need to store the delicate works on paper in a lucid and conservationally safe manner increased.

A solution for this was found in large, leather-bound double folio volumes into which the prints were glued for storage. The Duke's collection grew to about 900,000 sheets and was stored in just over 1400 thick volumes. Some of the works in the pasted volumes were cataloged at the time, but sometimes the works in a volume were attributed only to a particular era, school or region.

A few years ago, therefore, the Albertina moved to digitize the entire collection of prints from these double folio volumes, cataloging them and - and this is particularly important for us art-loving people - making them accessible online.

Anyone who goes to can browse the already digitized holdings there by keyword, artist, year of origin or even other criteria and view them in high-resolution images.

Our film from the Albertina series "Museum in a Nutshell" takes a look behind the scenes of the museum and provides insight into this wonderful project.

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