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Licensing the Saskia Archive

Saskia, Ltd. is the leading provider of high-quality images for the teaching of art history. Saskia was founded in 1966 by Ron Wiedenhoeft, then doctoral candidate in art and architectural history at Columbia University, and his wife Renate. By photographing each summer over a period of thirty-eight years and during sabbaticals, the archive has now grown to 30,750 images. The Saskia archive is used successfully in introductory courses as well as specialized seminars of Art History and has enhanced a broad range of art history pedagogy and many other disciplines.

In addition to an emphasis on Ancient Greek and Roman art, paintings from Italy, Flanders, Holland, France, Germany, and Spain have been our main focus. These works provide an exceptional basis for the core Art History content required by every teaching institution and include detailed coverage allowing for in-depth analysis in seminars on the graduate level.

Saskia's Site License Agreement enables institutions to build and keep digital collections. Images are licensed to educational institutions for a one-time fee, based on their size, with no recurring costs or annual subscriptions. The Saskia archive is a basic building block for teaching art history; licensing in perpetuity guarantees that this valuable resource will continue to support the curriculum developed by faculty.

At the beginning of 2005, digital images from Saskia have been licensed by close to two hundred institutions. The complete Saskia archive has been licensed by the following institutions:

  • Vassar College
  • University of Calgary
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of South Africa
  • The National Gallery of Art
  • The New School
  • Reed College
  • New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
  • Columbia University
  • California Digital Library (representing 13 campuses)
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Miami
  • Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois

Licensing fees are unique to each institution. You may check the fees that apply to your institution by using the license fee calculator at www.scholarsresource.com. Licensing fees for museums are six dollars per image. We offer a special twenty percent discount for licensing the complete archive at any one time. Please inquire about the exact number of images, as the archive keeps growing.

If you are interested in licensing the Saskia archive, please call Renate Wiedenhoeft at 1-207-221-6277.