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Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Via Giuseppe Giusti, 44
50121 Florence
Tel.: +39 055 24911-1
Fax: +39 055 24911-55

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Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi, 51
50122 Florence
Tel.: +39 055 216707
Fax: +39 055 2676751

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The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is one of the oldest research institutions dedicated to the History of Art and Architecture in Italy, where facets of European, Mediterranean and global history are investigated.

Founded in 1897 on the private initiative of a group of independent scholars, it has been under the auspices of the Max Planck Society since 2002. Approximately seventy scholars are currently employed at the Institute, which is run by two directors, and the promotion of international young academics is high on its internal agenda. In addition to numerous individual research projects, those funded by third parties and a multiplicity of international collaborations with universities, museums and research institutes, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz provides a platform for larger long- and medium-term projects whose subject matter ranges from Late Antiquity to the Modern Age.

The Institute's resources, including the library with over 360,000 volumes, some of which are extremely rare, over 1,070 ongoing journal subscriptions, and one of the most wide-ranging photographic libraries on Italian art, are placed at the disposal of researchers from all over the world. With its programme of public academic events and up to 100 visitors daily, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is a unique institution for international and interdisciplinary academic exchange.

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