The „Katalog der deutschsprachigen illustrierten Handschriften des Mittelalters“ (KdiH) engages in the survey and scientific development of text-image correlation. As a long-term project at the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften the KdiH is combining German literary studies and art history research for more than 30 years, establishing a valuable base for the work of medievalists of various disciplines.
The plan to install a survey of all German-language illustrated manuscripts of the Middle Ages was integrated in research approaches on tradition history during the 1970ies and 1980ies. These approaches were concerned with integrating into the German literary research, not only the passing on of the texts but also their forms of presentation – their iconography. Since then the interrelations of media, text and image have generated growing interest, last but not least because their interplays represents a key feature in the use of literature.
The editing plan was developed by Hella Frühmorgen-Voss, who also installed the basic collection of materials. The form of publication was designed by Norbert H. Ott. In 1986 the first supplement was published.