Institute of Art History

History of the Prints and Drawings Collection

Since its foundation in 1897 the Prints and Drawings Collection serves as educational and art collection for the practical training of students and also for the interested public. In the study hall you can find small exhibitions around specific topics throughout the semester. Contemporary artists are presented there as well. Parts of the collection can be viewed – even for groups up to 20 people – by arrangement.

The foundation of the Prints and Drawings Collection is closely linked to the first professor of Art History at the University of Tübingen, Konrad Lange (1855 – 1925). He laid the basis of the collection with print graphics from the 16th to 19th century which were purchased from the former Royal copper engraving cabinet in Stuttgart. Notable private collections like the bequest of Baron Otto von Breitschwert (1910), the Max Kade Foundation New York (1965) or the takeover of the collection of Hedwig and Gustav Adolf Rieth (1987 and 1990/91) enlarged the collection as well as targeted purchases and donations of single leaves. The Tübinger Kunsthistorische Gesellschaft e.V. (association) regularly adds individual art work to the collection as well. As a specialty the complete etchings of the “Sprayer of Zurich”, Harald Naegeli, came to the Prints and Drawings Collection of the Institute of Art History as a donation in 1998.

The collection is located in the old building as part of the University library. This building was designed by the Stuttgart architect Paul Bonatz (1910). Parts of the collection is still kept in cupboards of the Royal copper engraving cabinet. The Wuerttemberg cabinet maker Johannes Klinckerfuß created these classicistic cabinets in 1810.

Konrad Lange (1855-1925)

Max Kade (1882-1967)

Nicolo Boldrini (active in Venice in 1566): Venus, following Tizian, wood carving

Cabinet in the Prints and Drawings Collection from 1810