The collection managed by Stedelijk Museum Breda contains over 75,000 items. The objects tell the story of Breda as a fortified city and the land of the Nassaus, a diocese, a manufacturing city, a tourist attraction, and much more.
Stedelijk Museum Breda manages a small collection of Dutch and Flemish art from the period 1500–1750. It includes some forty paintings by artists such as Willem Key, Frans de Momper, Hendrick de Meijer, and Jacobus Storck, as well as works by unknown medieval painters, such as Christ and the Woman of Samaria at the City of Breda and the Retable of the Sacrament of Niervaert. Portraits of the Nassaus (and later Orange Nassaus) recall the time when the residence of the royal court was in Breda. Likewise the Renaissance tondi, building fragments, tiles, and sculptures from the royal palace, Breda Castle. The print collection consists of about 250 engravings by printmakers such as Hendrick Goltzius, Paul Bril, Jacob de Gheyn (II), and Jacques Callot, with religious scenes, city maps, and images of historical events. The small collection of eighteenth-century art includes paintings by Mattheus Verheyden, Louis de Moni, and Johannes Hendrik Fredriks.
Monique Rakhorst, Curator of History and Old Masters (February 2023)