The Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig holds one of the more important collections of Dutch and Flemish painting in Germany. It does not include big names like Rembrandt and Vermeer, but excellent pictures by outstanding painters of the various genres can be found here. The collection consists of around 400 works, primarily by seventeenth-century Dutch painters. Outstanding paintings by Rogier van der Weyden, Peter Paul Rubens, Adriaen Brouwer, Frans Hals, Gerard van Honthorst, Pieter de Hooch, Nikolaus Knüpfer, Ferdinand Bol, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Jan Davidz. de Heem, Jacob van Ruisdael, Ludolf van Backhuysen and many others are worth a visit. The bourgeois tradition of collecting in the trading city of Leipzig since the eighteenth century gave rise to great private art collections that form the basis of the current Leipzig museum. The presentation of the collection was renewed in 2019. Separate gallery rooms are now dedicated to the following topics: ‘national identity’, ‘playing with appearance and reality’, ‘time’, and the Leipzig artist Nikolaus Knüpfer. Informative wall texts, contemporary quotations, and colored walls convey a lively historical background and bring the works of art closer to today’s public.
Dr. Jan Nicolaisen, Head of Department of Paintings and Sculpture (May 2020)
Niederländische Malerei 1430-1800 im Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Bestandskatalog
Nicolaisen, Jan and Beck, Rüdiger (contr.)