Beauty, goodness and truth. Connoisseurs of classical art are in their element in Frankfurt. The Städel Museum presents works of art dating from the 13th century right up to contemporary pieces. At the Liebieghaus sculpture collection, lovers of classical art can enjoy sculptures dating back to antiquity, while the Giersch Museum mainly exhibits older works by local masters.
The Städel Museum originates from an endowment set up by the merchant and art collector Johann Friedrich Städel, who stipulated that the museum must also establish an academy to teach the artists of the future. This laid the foundation for today's internationally acclaimed Städelschule art academy, where many distinguished artists have both taught and studied.
The museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of art from the 13th to the 21st century. Works by famous artists such as Dürer, Elsheimer, Rembrandt and Botticelli whisk art enthusiasts off to bygone ages. The collection includes the acclaimed painting 'Goethe in the Campagna' by Tischbein, which is on display in the entrance foyer. The permanent exhibition comprises Impressionists and Expressionists, woodcuts and lithographs as well as engravings and modern prints. An underground extension, opened in spring 2012, houses a collection of works from 1945 onwards and includes such famous names as Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter. For those wishing to follow their artistic feast with a culinary one, Holbein's museum restaurant offers something for every taste.
Right next door is the Liebieghaus sculpture collection. The museum's exhibits are displayed at the former villa of textile manufacturer Baron Heinrich von Liebieg and in the surrounding parkland. In 1990 the original 1896 building gained an extension, which is symmetrical with the gallery wing. The Liebieghaus exhibits all sorts of figurines, along with an extensive sculpture collection that includes works dating from antiquity right up to modern times.
Giersch House is situated on the banks of the river Main near the Holbeinsteg footbridge. It opened in the year 2000 and focuses mainly on local art and the art history of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. Two temporary exhibitions per year showcase works by artists from the 19th and 20th century whose life and work are connected to the Frankfurt region.
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