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Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg


The Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg is home to many Dutch and Flemish paintings, drawings and prints. The collection extends from a Madonna by Rogier van der Weyden and works on paper by Lucas van Leyden, Stradanus and Hendrick Goltzius to still lifes by Rachel Ruysch. There is a particular focus on portraits of Frederick V Elector Palatine and his wife, Elizabeth Stuart, their family and confidants, as well as other seventeenth and eighteenth-century rulers, aristocrats, and public figures. The paintings are by artists such as Gerard van Honthorst, Jan van Ravesteyn, and Johann Baptist de Ruel. The prints encompass works by engravers such as Pieter de Jode the Elder and Willem Jacobsz. Delff. A core element of the Museum’s Northern and Southern Netherlandish paintings from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries is comprised of works from the collection of Ernst Carl Louis Posselt (1838–1907). The collection was gifted to the City of Heidelberg in 1907 and includes 122 Dutch and Flemish still lifes, land- and seascapes, biblical and mythological scenes, genre paintings, and portraits, particularly from the Golden Age. In addition to works by numerous ‘little masters’, the Posselt Collection features paintings by artists such as Ludolf Bakhuizen, Arent de Gelder, Jan van Goyen, Willem Claesz. Heda, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Willem Kalf, Caspar Netscher and Jan Porcellis.

Dr. Dagmar Hirschfelder, Head of Department of Paintings and Graphic Arts (June 2020)

Related CODART publications

Dr. Dagmar Hirschfelder, “Passion for Netherlandish Painting: The Posselt Collection at the Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg”, CODARTfeatures, September 2020.

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