CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Graphische Sammlung, Staatliche Museen


The graphic collection of the Museumlandschaft Hessen Kassel (MHK) holds a small collection of Dutch drawings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, which has been published by Lisa Oehler in the 1979 collection catalogue. Many of the drawings can be consulted in the online database of the MHK.

In the area of prints, the collection of the former print room of the landgraves of Hessen Kassel is still completely preserved with ca. 14 000 sheets bound into books. Among them are numerous Dutch and Flemish etchers, with a focus on printmakers. Some glue books have been dedicated to specific artists such as Lucas van Leyden, Maerten van Heemskerck, Hendrick Goltzius, Abraham Bloemaert, Jacob Jordaens, Adriaen van Ostade and Nicolaes Berchem, others are organized by schools like the ‘Flemish school’. A volume of over 400 etchings by the Sadeler family is especially extensive. Rubens-etchers are well represented with ca. 350 etchings in four volumes. Two volumes are dedicated to Anthony van Dyck, one of them with the portraits of his Iconography. The glue books are currently being digitalized as part of an externally funded project.

Hendrickje Kehlenbeck, Curator (October 2020)