Kupferstich-Kabinett

Explore this collection of the world's most important prints, drawings and photographs inside Dresden Castle. Founded in 1831, this vast collection houses over 500,000 prints and 110,000 drawings, watercolors and oil sketches, meaning you'd have to visit several times over just to see a fraction of what is held in this treasure drove of graphic art. Highlights include Rembrandt's etching depicting his wife Saskia, "The Pinned Hat" by Auguste Renoir, and "Half-length portrait of a young girl" by Albrecht Dürer. More recent artists include Andy Warhol, Munch and Picasso. The museum runs several special exhibitions each year, while you can also see how great artists prepared for some of your most loved paintings. The Kupferstich-Kabinett also carries out research and conservation activities. Candidates for preservation include the bound handwritten works from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

History

In 1720, August the Strong has divided the properties into several museums so in parallel with the library and the natural science collection, the Kupferstich-Kabinett was made. Throughout the eighteenth and the ninetieth centuries, the museum has undergone a major development starting from a center of documentation to an art museum exhibiting drawings and prints from schools and operating at an international level. During the early stages of World War II most of the items had been moved to Schloss Weesenstein and saved most of the collections from bombing. Large numbers of works by artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Francisco de Goya, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Michelangelo had been saved during the war. Most of the items were taken by the Soviet Union after the war and returned to Dresden after 1950. Now the Kupferstich-Kabinett describes itself as the oldest museum of graphic arts in the German-speaking world.

What to see & Exhibitions

The spectrum of topics is limitless. There are profane and biblical motifs, portraits, landscapes, but also historical festivals or scientific illustrations. A focal point of the collection is the old German graphics, the Dutch drawing of the 15th to 17th centuries and the German art of the 19th century. The richness of the collection is almost inexhaustible ranging from unique artistic drawings, watercolors, gouaches to lithographs, engravings, illustrated books and portfolios as well as photographic art. In changing special exhibitions, works from the rich collection of the Kupferstich-Kabinett as well as loans from international museum partners will be presented in the exhibition rooms in the Residenzschloss.

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