May 26, 2022

Art & Artists: New Digital Archive of Picasso’s “Guernica” Opens Online

Approximately 2,000 document are accessible via the Rethinking Guernica website.


The Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid has launched an online open-access library of more than 2000 documents relating to Pablo Picasso’s renowned anti-war painting Guernica.

The new interactive site, called Rethinking Guernica, was opened in the Spanish capital on Monday and gives internet users access to texts, manuscripts, letters, documents, catalogues, posters, audio and video recordings and other information on the painting.


Thanks to high-resolution imaging, the digital viewer can go on a virtual tour of the painting, zoom in on it and examine it in minute detail.

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From the About Page:

Rethinking Guernica is envisaged as an archive of archives, comprising different public and private archives from institutions and Spanish and international agencies and tracing an approach to the history of the mural by acknowledging its quality as an artwork and icon which transcends its own materiality to become a constantly updated image and symbol. Moreover, the plural nature and provenance of the materials brought together leads to an understanding of the contexts surrounding Guernica — direct or indirect, physical or symbolic — and the multiple historical circumstances it has contributed to, and continues to do so, or in which it has been involved.

In terms of the archive, the materials are organised as a non-hierarchical constellation of narratives contained in different documents, which engender a wide array of possibilities for accessing information. Equally, each document has been allocated a series of labels – chronological, geographical or contextual, in reference to exhibitions, authors, or other aspects — not only linking it to the organisational accounts and criteria put forward, but also prompting new searches from the actual documents.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.