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  Kassel, culture: Art collections
In Wilhelmshöhe Palace there are the following Art collections:

Collection of Antiquities
Old Masters Art Gallery
Collection of Prints and Drawings

Collection of Antiquities
On display for the visitor are pieces from Greek and Roman antiquity, the Neolithic Period, and late antiquity. A considerable number of the pieces on display were collected by Landgrave Friedrich II, such as the showpiece of the exhibition, the Kassel Apoll.

Old Masters Art Gallery
The collection is composed of works accumulated by the landgraves of Hesse-Kassel in the 18th century and new acquisitions made later.

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) "Elsbeth Tucher", 1499

Frans Hals (1581-1666) "Peeckelhaering", 1627

Alongside a representative selection of paintings from the Old German and Old Netherlandish schools (incl. Cranach, Dürer and Altdorfer), the main emphais lies on works of the Flemish and Dutch Baroque. Highlights are the paintings by Rembrandt ("Jacob blessing the Sons of Joseph", "Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh"), Frans Hals ("The Man in a Slouch Hat", The Merry Drinker"), Rubens ("The Triumph of the Victor") and Jacob Jordaens ("The Beanfeast").

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
"Jacob blessing the Sons of Joseph" (1656)

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
"Portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh"

The collection is completed by Italian, French and Spanish masters (e.g. Titian, Poussin and Ribera). 17th and 18th century German paintings can be seen in the connecting tract. The series of the Kassel court artist Jan van Nickelen with eight ideal views of the Hercules and the grounds of Wilhelmshöhe below will also be displayed here for the first time. The study gallery on the second floor contains works from all countries and epochs.

Collection of Prints and Drawings
The origins of the collection of prints and drawings extend back to the 17th century. While the landgraves collected primarily portrait engravings at the beginning, Wilhelm VIII, the founder of the art gallery accumulated an extensive amount of reproductions of important pictures and buildings which are today still bound in the original costly leather albums of the 18th century.
In addition extensive study series by individual artist such as Albrecht Dürer, Hendrik Goltzius or Jacques Callot were purchased.
Thoug the main emphasis of the hand drawings collection lies in the 17th century Dutch art, it contains a large stock of architectural drawings.


Staatliche Museen Kassel
Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
34131 Kassel
Telefon: (0561)31680-0
Opening hours: Tuesday till Saturday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm