Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum
Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum
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Founded in 1754, the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum is one of the oldest museums in Europe. It houses an important collection of Western old master paintings, and is especially strong in Northern European art since the Renaissance, including works by Cranach (a very strong collection), Holbein, Van Dyck, Rubens, and Rembrandt. Rarities include a single work each by Vermeer, Giorgione and Rosso Fiorentino. The museum is based on the Schloss Salzdahlum art collection of Anthony Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1633–1714), after whom it is named. In old catalogs, the term Bilder-Galerie zu Salzthalen refers to this collection.
The print room, with over 100,000 prints and 10,000 drawings, is of international importance. There are also rotating exhibitions of art from all over the world. Among manuscript items is the journal of Matthaeus Schwarz, an accountant very interested in fashion who documented his outfits throughout his adult life at a time when it was thought that people not of the highest rank dressed drably, the first known fashion book.
The present museum building was opened in 1887. Its architect, Oskar Sommer, planned the building in Italian Renaissance style. Currently, the main museum building is closed for renovations and in early 2015 was scheduled to reopen in late 2016. Some works are being exhibited elsewhere in the city, or on tour to other museums.
Brunswick Diptych, by the Master of the Brunswick Diptych, c. 1490, from the museum's collection
Self-portrait, by Giorgione, c. 1500, from the museum's collection
Portrait of Cyriacus Kale, by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533, from the museum's collection
Hercules and Omphale, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1537, from the museum's collection
Rest on the Falconry, by Philips Wouwerman, 17th century, from the museum's collection
Portrait of a Family, by Rembrandt, 1668/69, from the museum's collection
Portrait of a Young Woman, by Jan Kupecký, c. 1710, from the museum's collection
- "BBC News - Fashion: The accountant who created the first book of fashion". BBC News.
- "Re-opened Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum will attract visitors to Braunschweig from 2016", ITB Berlin, story in February 2015
- Official website (German)
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