Engravings, etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings: they can all be found in books.
From Govard Bidloo’s anatomical atlases and the architectural prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi to Fiep Westendorp’s drawings for Jip and Janneke, book illustrations are the subject of various research studies: on artists and styles, but also on image formation, on the relationship between image and text and, last but not least, on illustration techniques.
Via the book illustrations image database, the rich Amsterdam collections can be viewed and consulted worldwide. The first to be included were the book illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe (1645–1708), a Dutch etcher. He provided hundreds of books on diverse subjects with appealing, inventive prints. In addition, the image archive contains illustrations from several important books of archaeological plates, including those by Piranesi.