BALaT replaces the search form of the online photo library and allows you to search 4 different data bases simultaneously:

- KIK-IRPA's online photo library: 682767 photo negatives covering all aspects of Belgium's art heritage (visual arts, artistic crafts, architecture, archaeology and landscapes). Some of these photographs date from the end of the 19th century. This collection is constantly expanding thanks to new photographic campaigns and to the photographs of the works of art treated at the institute;

- KIK-IRPA's Library: 80000 books and articles related to cultural heritage (art history, conservation-restoration and scientific analyses). Every document (journal articles included) is indexed with a specialized thesaurus;

- The Dictionnaire des peintres belges du XIVesiècle à nos jours depuis les premiers maîtres des anciens Pays-Bas méridionaux et de la principauté de Liège jusqu'aux artistes contemporains(La Renaissance du Livre, Brussels, 1995): Covers the lives and work of no less than 6300 painters, from Van Eyck to Wilchar and passing by Rubens and Rops; from well-known to rather obscure representatives of Belgian painting;

- A repertory of persons and institutions. This list counts 200000 artists, craftsmen, researchers, authors of publications, conservator-restorers, photographers, collectors, historical or fictional figures represented in the works of art, museums, churches, learned societies, etc..

Looking for information on Rubens? By using BALaT, you will find both photographs of works of art by Rubens and portraits of Rubens painted by other artists available in the photo library, books about Rubens available at the library, a link to the corresponding entry in the Dictionnaire des peintres belges, museums that own an art work by Rubens (repertory of institutions) and so on.

BALaT's new features:

All the photos of the photo library that are already in the online data base are henceforth downloadable free of charge in the current format of archiving, except the photos taken in the last ten years, which are only available upon order. Scans of photos that haven’t yet been put online or better quality scans are only available upon order; pricing is found here. The photos that haven’t yet been put online can also be consulted in the reading room of KIK-IRPA’s Information centre;
To the search function by fields is added a general search function. Aimed at non-specialists, it is more intuitive and simplified. The results can be adjusted easily; scrolling lists indicate the possibilities available for every field to narrow the search;
You can now search by date;
The results are automatically displayed on a geographic map;
The catalogue of the library is now available online.

A major participatory tool in the making...

Andere databanken van het KIK - kunstenaarsrepertoria, inventarissen van werken - zullen binnenkort aan deze zoekmodule worden gekoppeld. BALaT kan in de toekomst worden verbonden met databanken samengesteld door externe onderzoekers. Zo kan het een belangrijk participatief instrument worden voor alle kunsthistorici en een echt informatiekruispunt over het Belgische erfgoed.

Why BALaT?

Belgian Art Links and Tools: this name has been chosen in memory of Alphonse Balat, one of the major Belgian architects of the 19th century, author notably of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, one of the jewels of Belgium's artistic heritage.

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