Access to images
The outstanding feature of REALonline is the indexing of the many elements of each individual image. All depicted persons, things, animals, plants and settings are recorded and enriched with further information, such as the wood grain, the gesticulation of a beggar or the shapes and colours used. This results in a versatile data pool with more than one million pieces of information about the image elements, which can be systematically filtered, searched and analyzed.
The image database contains over 22,500 data sets on visual media of various art techniques and genres and most Most of them were created between the 12th and 16th centuries. The photos were taken by IMAREAL photographers in cultural heritage institutions in Austria and in the neighbouring regions of Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and South Tyrol as well as in Poland and Romania.
Preserving cultural heritage
High-resolution photos are a prerequisite for the recording of all depicted elements on historical image media. These are taken by the photographer Peter Böttcher at IMAREAL. This also ensures that the cultural heritage of smaller institutions and lesser-known holdings is documented, preserved and made accessible via REALonline.