The collection of portraits and views forms the core collection of the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. It includes over 28,000 individual sheets in original-graphic techniques (xylographs, copper, steel and wood engravings, lithographies, etc.), photographs, as well as medals and death masks. Here, you can find images of:
- Persons from the fields of scholarship, music and literature
- Regents of Europe – and partly beyond Europe
- Artists, in particular actors of the 19th and 20th century
- Representations from the field of ethnography
The collection also includes views of towns and buildings, particularly in Bavaria, produced in highly diverse techniques.
The sheets are classified in the order of their formats (Portr.A to Port.G).
The collection is expanded continuously. It has been catalogued and digitized in its entirety.