This catalogue is only available in German.
The Frankfurt-based merchant and banker Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816) bequeathed a large art collection to the Städel Museum, which, in addition to paintings and prints, also included over 4,600 drawings. For a long time, it was not possible to trace which drawings of today’s museum holdings originally came from his collection. The Städel Museum has now succeeded for the first time in largely reconstructing the founder’s collection of drawings and in identifying roughly 3,000 works that are still in the collection today.
The Städel Museum will be presenting a selection of ninety-five master drawings which will give an exemplary impression of the character, order and artistic significance of the former drawing collection of Johann Friedrich Städel. Outstanding works by Raphael, Correggio and Primaticcio, Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, Dürer, Roos and Reinhart, as well as Goltzius, Rembrandt and De Wit, are presented – following the tradition of the founder’s collection – according to ‘European schools’ and discussed in detail in this accompanying catalogue.