RARE BOOK COLLECTION (PATTERN BOOKS, ORNAMENTAL PRINTS, PRINTS)
The Rare Book Collection conserves all the books and portfolios that the professors donated to the school during the 19th and 20 centuries. The school’s library keepers organised the book collections as the „Library of the Applied Arts and the Education of Craftsmen and Artisans” in 1927, and started to catalogue all the items accumulated during the centuries since the foundation of the institute in 1778. From the remained books, a remarkable group of pattern books and ornamental prints (approximatively 1.200 items, including more ten thousand single ornamental prints in portfolios) has been separated from that period.
The group of pattern books and ornamental prints is a unique and representative selection of the special products published all over in Europe in the second half of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century. The digitization and systematic study of the corpus is an ongoing project and can be followed step by step on the website.
In 2015, in the framework of the AthenaPlus project, the Schola Graphidis Art Collection has published 2,198 prints of its collection. View the items on europeana.eu.