We're pleased to announce that the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database (WI-ID) has a brand new interface.

The new interface is designed to be consistent with the other web resources of the Institute and uses the same platform as the recently revised Warburg Digital Library. The new WI-ID has been programmed by London-based firm System Simulation, who have worked on other museum and academic websites, including the Sir John Soane Museum, the British Museum, and the Courtauld Institute.

As before, you can browse the subject categories of the Warburg’s iconographic taxonomy – but browsing is now accompanied by selections of images on every page, making the database a more visually oriented resource. The new interface also has enhanced search capability including Boolean searches. Images are no longer displayed as pdfs, but in a zoomable viewer, enabling them to be explored more easily in greater detail.

We hope that users will find the new WI-ID much more inviting, user-friendly, and navigable.

Comments and suggestions on the new interface are very welcome. Please direct them to Rembrandt Duits, the Deputy-Curator of the Photographic Collection (rembrandt.duits@sas.ac.uk).

> View the new Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

About the Iconographic Database

The Iconographic Database has been online since 2010. It is an art-historical image resource giving an overview of art history by subject matter or iconography. The database uses an iconographic taxonomy derived from (but not identical to) the classification system of the Photographic Collection, covering subjects from areas such as mythology and literature, history and portraiture, daily life and science, allegory and religion. The database contains ca 80,000 images from the Photographic Collection (20% of the Collection’s holdings, mostly focussing on subjects from classical history and mythology) and ca 20,000 images from other sources. Images range from the Stone Age to the present and from cultures across the globe, but with a strong accent on European art from Classical Antiquity till about 1800.