The core of collection of the picture gallery of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum was formed around 1700. Anton Ulrich bought many works personally in Holland. Today an exquisite selection of Netherlandish painting can therefore be discovered in Braunschweig. Outstanding among the early Netherlandish paintings is the Great Banquet of the Brunswick Monogrammist. The magnificent collection of Flemish Baroque painting shines with Rubens’ powerful Judith. Crowd favorite in the rich collection of Dutch painting is Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with the Wine Glass. Rembrandt is represented by five works, his Portrait of a Family, which bears witness to the wisdom of his age, is the jewel of the collection.
Prominent among the early Netherlandish drawings in the department of prints and drawings is the Cavalcade from the circle of Van Eyck. Regarding the sixteenth century, works by and after Maarten van Heemskerck and Pieter Bruegel the Elder form a core element. Seventeenth-century Flemish art is richly represented by drawings and prints by and after Rubens – for example the preliminary drawing for his early Roman Crowning of Thorns – and Van Dyck. The Dutch school of around 1600 is well represented by Hendrick Goltzius and Jacques de Gheyn, as well as Rembrandt and his pupils.
Thomas Döring, Curator of Prints and Drawings and Silke Gatenbröcker, Chief Curator of Paintings (October 2020)
Flämische Gemälde des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts
Holländische Historienbilder des 17. Jahrhunderts
Die holländischen Gemälde: kritisches Verzeichnis
Related CODART publications
Dr. Silke Gatenbröcker, “Duke Anton Ulrich of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel – One of the First Collectors of Dutch Paintings outside the Netherlands”, CODARTfeatures, June 2014.