Belgian Art Links and Tools (BALaT) is an online photo library which allows users to search 4 different databases simultaneously:
- The online photo library of the Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium / Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (KIK-IRPA). Around 700.000 photos covering all aspects of Belgium’s art heritage (visual arts, artistic crafts, architecture, archaeology, and landscapes). Most of the images are in black and white. Some of these photographs date from the end of the 19th century. This collection is constantly expanding.
- The library of KIK-IRPA. 80.000 books and articles related to cultural heritage (art history, conservation-restoration, and scientific analyses). Every document (journal articles included) is indexed with a specialized thesaurus.
- The Dictionnaire des peintres belges du XIVe siècle à nos jours depuis les premiers maîtres des anciens Pays-Bas méridionaux et de la principauté de Liège jusqu'aux artistes contemporains (La Renaissance du Livre: Brussels, 1995). Covers the lives and work of 6300 Belgian painters.
- A repertory of persons and institutions. This list counts 200.000 artists, craftsmen, researchers, authors of publications, conservator-restorers, photographers, collectors, historical or fictional figures represented in the works of art, museums, churches, learned societies, etc.
It is possible to search all four databases simultaneously or just one of them. Basic and advanced search are available. Images are shown in high resolution and can be downloaded in JPEG format (with exception of the photos taken in the last ten years, which are only available upon order).