Collection Online

The Collection Online, launched in February 2020, is still in its early stages and consists of object records for a part of the collection.

Currently, all the Italian drawings, our French 19th-century drawings, as well as those by Rembrandt and his circle held by the Fondation Custodia are available to search in our online collection database. This concerns over 1800 objects.

In the upcoming years, we will be updating the database with other works of art on an ongoing basis. At the moment we are preparing the publication of our Rembrandt etchings, our Flemish and Dutch Old Master paintings, as well as a part of the collection of artists’ letters and manuscripts (French autographs 14th - 17th century).

For more information about the Fondation Custodia’s collections, please visit our website: Presentation of the Collection



We have made the collection accessible in a multi-faceted way. You can do a basic search (Search all) by typing one or more words in the ‘Search here’ box and click the icon to the right of the box. This search explores all fields in the database.

You can reduce the results through the filters below. It is also possible to browse by directly using the filters, without typing a term into the main search box. This search only queries the designated fields.

For more information on the search functions see Search Help


Information in the records

The database is an inventory of the collection and aims to record what is known about the work. The lists of publications and exhibitions are selective.

The texts and information in the database are free to be used, as the Fondation Custodia is releasing its collections data under a public domain waiver in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.

Please note that the information does not always reflect the most up-to-date knowledge about a work of art and records may contain mistakes and omissions. We are continuing every day to review and improve the information recorded, and corrections and additions are being published on a regular basis. Users are invited to contact us to help us improve the information by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See also under Contact



If you wish to cite or share any of the records in this database, please use the following format (adding if possible [artist], [title], [date]):

Fondation Custodia Collection Online database, [inventory number], [URL permalink], [Date last modified (if mentioned)], [Access date].

For example:
Fondation Custodia Collection Online database, inv. no. 1986-T.50,, last updated April 2018, accessed 14/02/2020.


Images in the database

The Fondation Custodia aims to publish every record with an image, but please note that some objects may not have been possible to digitise due to conservation issues and that certain images cannot be published for copyright reasons.

Artists’ copyright lasts throughout their lifetimes and for 70 years from the date of death. We have made every effort not to infringe copyright, and only to display works not in the public domain if we have permission from artists or their estates. If you note an image has been incorrectly published, please contact us and we will remove the image(s) from the site.


Copyright information of the images

You can download the images of artworks featured on our online collection for free under the following Creative Commons license terms: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

Under this copyright you are free to share and adapt the material as long as you follow the license terms:

-You must give an appropriate credit, by stating that the work is in the collection of the Fondation Custodia, and if supplied give name of the creator and title:
[Artist (with its attribution)], [title], [date if known], Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).
For more information see under credits below;

-Indicate if changes were made to the image;

-You may not use the material for commercial purposes without our approval (see below for more information about requesting permission);

-If you use and share the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.


For more information, consult Creative Commons license by-nc-sa 4.0


Download images

The images are available to download in JPG through the individual object pages (records), using the icon at the left.

There is also the possibility of ordering a larger file size (.jp2 or .tiff), also free of charge, by going to our Image Order page; or by contacting directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When making a request, please specify the following:

-Title of the artwork


-Inventory number

-Intended use of the image (commercial or non-commercial)

-In case of a request for a publication, please indicate the title of the book, the author, print run and date of publication. A complimentary copy must be supplied to the Fondation Custodia. See below.


Publication and commercial use of the images

The images in Collection Online have a restricted license for commercial use. If you wish to use an image for a publication (scientific or otherwise) or for commercial purposes, please contact the Fondation Custodia for approval. After permission is granted, we will send you the high-resolution images free of charge, requesting only that a copy of the publication or product be sent to the Fondation Custodia. To make a request, go to our Image Order page; or contact us directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please inform us of the title of the publication, the author, print run and date of publication. The Fondation Custodia requires a copy of your publication reproducing our images to be sent to:

Mariska de Jonge
Fondation Custodia
121 Rue de Lille
75007 Paris


Credits and citation of images

Please include credits when using the images. We recommend that you state the source of the image as follows:

[Artist (with its attribution)], [title], [date if known (year)], Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Note — In all reuse and distribution of the images provided by the Fondation Custodia, you must include the license terms (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). You can also do this by providing the link to the depicted object on this website.

Please do not use the photo of the work in ways that are illegal or misleading. If you modify and publish an image, you should clearly indicate that you have made changes to the original image. Moreover, our logo should not be used without our approval.


Personal data

The GDPR (The EU General Data Protection Regulation) lays down regulations for the collection and use of personal data of living persons by companies and institutions, in order to protect the privacy of each individual. Starting point is the requirement that this be done in accordance with the law, in an appropriate manner, and with due care. Personal data are taken to mean all details which directly or indirectly can be traced back to one unique individual (the person involved).

The Collection Online database of the Fondation Custodia is managed by the staff of the Fondation Custodia, an important institution in the field of research about provenances ( and its own collection. The database Collection Online is published in order to enable the collection’s accessibility. It serves an important reference function for research about the collection. In Collection Online biographical details on artists, collectors, and other relevant persons are processed. Our processing of personal data for the abovementioned purposes is in accordance with the legal basis ‘legitimate interest’ pursuant to the GDPR.

The Fondation Custodia takes great care of the data of those concerned and has stipulated in the cataloguing guidelines that those entering the data into the database exclusively process data that comply with the purposes stated above. These include data on artists, collectors, and other persons relevant to the knowledge domain. The information comes from documents - published or otherwise made publicly available by those concerned - or search systems by libraries or similar organisations, or from generally accessible resources. Data that are processed are:

  1. Preferred name/name variations
  2. Sex
  3. Birth/place of death/dates
  4. Nationality
  5. Places of activity
  6. Qualification

In view of the aims personal data are processed for, they are in principle to be saved permanently. Personal data are deleted by the Fondation Custodia when the legitimate interest on the basis of which the Fondation Custodia processes them no longer applies.

If your data have been recorded in Collection Online, you have the right to submit a request to have that information modified, expanded, or deleted. In that case, it is important that you are able to present valid identification, and can demonstrate that the information you would like to have modified, expanded, or deleted is, in fact, yours. For that reason, we ask that you include a copy of your ID with your request. In this copy, in the interest of safeguarding your privacy, please black out your passport photo, MRZ (machine readable zone, the band with numbers at the bottom of the passport), passport number, and citizen service number.

When considering a request to modify or delete information, the Fondation Custodia will also take into consideration the verifiable correctness of and public access to the recorded data. We will respond to your request as soon as possible and no later than 4 weeks. Please send your request to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Frequently asked questions

How do I download images?

Open a record and click the download icon at the left. If there are more images linked to a record, first select the image to download by clicking on the icon ‘Other images’ at the left, followed by a click on the image in question, highlighting it in red.

What are Creative Commons Licenses?

Creative Commons Licenses are legal tools that help manage the copyright terms that attach automatically to all creative material. See Creative Commons: Frequently asked Questions for more details. Please be aware that a Creative Commons license is a contract, so always make sure to read the terms and conditions of each license type.

The images made available by the Fondation Custodia in the Collection Online database can be downloaded for free under the following license:

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

This license allows you to:

-BY (Attribution): Copy, distribute, display and perform our copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if you give us credit in the way we request.

-NC (NonCommercial): Copy, distribute, display, and perform our work – and derivative works based upon it – but for non-commercial purposes only. NonCommercial means not primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

-SA (ShareAlike): Distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs our work.

For more information, consult:

What is the resolution of the images?

The direct download function in Collection Online allows the download of images in JPG files. There is also the possibility of ordering a larger file size (.jp2 or .tiff), free of charge as well, by going to our Image Order page.

The works are all photographed in a resolution of or over 300dpi. The images are raw files. The advantage of a raw file is that it contains the image data as it is captured by the camera’s sensor. It also provides much more latitude for making adjustments to the photo. Please note that raw files may require sharpness adjustments before publication.

How was the Collection Online made?

The Collection Online launched in February 2020 after the digitisation of the drawings, prints, letters and manuscripts in the Fondation Custodia’s collection by Picturae in the Netherlands.

The Collection Management System Memorix Maior, as well as the design and functionality of Collection Online was developed in collaboration with Picturae.

The interface can also be consulted on tablets and smartphones.


For other questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.