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What is PAU? What is PAUart?

PAU is an abbreviation that stands for the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kraków (Polska Akademia Umiejętności; hencefoth PAAS). PAUart is a project that has been aimed at providing a wide audience with scientific and artistic iconographic collections of the PAAS since the very beginning (2014). Since that time, PAUart has developed significantly. Currently, it is a platform which provides access to 26,000 digitalized images of prints, drawings, watercolours and photographs – and we are still counting! The digitalized objects originate from various historical collections and are currently stored in the Print Room and Special Collections of the Academic Library of the PAAS and the Polish Academy of Sciences (henceforth: PAS) in Krakow, Lanckoroński Phototheca of the PAAS, the Archives of the Science of the PAS and the PAAS in Krakow as well as the Polish Library in Paris.*


Every single digitilized image published in PAUart is in public domain and may be downloaded in high resolution. Every user is entitled to download and use the image free of charge.


The Graphic collections in the PAAS consist of prints from 15th to 19th centuries. Among artists representing 15-16th centuries are: Martin Schongauer, Israhel van Meckenem, Albrecht Dürer, Sebald and Barthel Beham, Georg Pencz, Lucas van Leyden, Galles, Sadelers, Collaerts, Wierixes, Passes, Hendrick Goltzius, Andrea Mantegna, Enea Vico, Ugo da Carpi, Martino Rota, Giorgio Ghisi… and many more. To learn about Graphic collections as well as about Lanckoronski Phototheca of the PAAS, and Photographs in the Archives of Science of the PAS and of the PAAS read the article on the project’s website


The platform will be gradually developed and enriched with subsequent works. Currently, it consists of 26,000 items, but eventually 300,000 will be made available. This resource may significantly contribute to the development of scientific research in many areas, both in Poland and all around the world, and may be used for educational purposes, inspiring art lovers for creative use.

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The implementation of the PAUart project is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Lanckoroński Foundation and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences’ own funds.

Magdalena Herman, edited by Joanna Dziewulska (PAUart project manager)

* If you feel a bit puzzled by PAAS and PAS, let us put it simple. There are two different institutiions: Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, (PAAS, in Polish: Polska Akademia Umiejętności - PAU) and Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS, in Polish: Polska Akademia Nauk - PAN). They share Academic Library and Archives of the Science in Kraków. Voilà!

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