The Belvedere Library is a historical collection of around 100,000 items (books, magazines, auction catalogs, and new media) on all subjects connected with the visual arts. We attempt to obtain a copy of all literature about Austrian art and to make it available to our users. Apart from purchasing and exchanging items, the Library regularly receives interesting and valuable donations from the art business and private individuals.

Our library is staffed and available to anyone interested in art. The staff would be pleased to provide any research assistance that it can.


Main focuses of the Library

  • Art and the history of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present, particular fin-de-siècle art
  • National and international exhibition catalogs
  • Auction catalogs from the early nineteenth century onwards
  • Literature on individual artists (exhibition catalogs, monographs, catalogs of work)
  • Literature on museums, exhibition galleries, and other institutions (annual reports, inventory catalogs, museum guides)
  • Literature on the history of the Belvedere
  • Modern and old magazines and lexica
  • Works on art theory, secondary literature
  • Literature on Belvedere exhibition projects
  • Literature on Art Brut starting with the donation by Leo Navratil in 1995 and continuously enlarged since then
  • We are also in the process of digitizing the most important works. The magazine Ver Sacrum as searchable PDF files and most of the catalogs of the Wiener Secession are already available digitally.


Online Catalogue

  • The online catalog currently contains some 55,000 media items. Work is under way on the incorporation in the Library database of old stocks.
  • The Library stocks can also be searched through the online catalog of the Austrian Art Library Association (kunsthistorischer Bibliothekenverbund).


Online Catalogue



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