Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Städel Museum

Städel Museum

Städel Museum

The Städel Museum, officially the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, is an art museum with a collection of over 2,700 paintings, of which 600 are displayed and a collection of 100,000 drawings and prints as well as 600 sculptures.

The Städel Museum has European paintings beginning with the early 14th century, moving into Late Gothic, the Renaissance, Baroque, and into the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The large collection of prints and drawings is not on permanent display and occupies the first floor of the museum. Works on paper not on display can be viewed by appointment.

The Städel Museum was founded in 1817 and is one of the oldest museums in Frankfurt’s museum embankment. The founding followed a bequest by the Frankfurt banker and art patron Johann Friedrich Städel (1728-1816), who left his house, art collection and fortune with the request in his will for such an institution.

Highlights of the Städel Museum

Städel Museum

Impact of World War II

In 1937, 77 paintings and 700 prints were confiscated from the museum when the National Socialists declared them “degenerate art”. In 1939, the collection was moved out of Frankfurt to protect it from damage in World War II. The collection was stored in the Schloss Rossbach, a castle in Bavaria. There, the museum’s paintings and library were discovered by Lt. Thomas Carr Howe of the American Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program.

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