Profile - Dresden State Art Collections - Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

The Dresden State Art Collections are among the most important museums presently in existence. With our altogether eleven museum institutions, we offer a thematic diversity that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. The Museums are as follows:

Green Vault: The Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) enjoys world renown as one of Europe’s most sumptuous treasure chambers. Having been on exhibit in the Albertinum for thirty years, the famous collection of the Wettin electors is now returned to its historic home in the Dresden Royal Palace. In two exhibition areas "Neues Grünes Gewölbe" (New Green Vault) and "Historisches Grünes Gewölbe" (Historic Green Vault) of very different character, visitors will experience these magnificent artworks of gold, silver, precious gems, enamel, ivory, bronze and amber in an intensity unparalleled to date.

Cabinet of Prints and Drawings: The Cabinet of Prints and Drawings is one of the world’s most prominent art museums for drawings, printed graphics and photography. Its collection comprises over 500,000 works on paper by more than 11,000 artists of eight centuries.

Coin Cabinet: With its inventory of some 300,000 objects, the Coin Cabinet ranks among the major collections of universal character in Europe. In addition to coins and medals, its holdings encompass badges and decorations, banknotes, historical bonds, models, seals, coin and medal dies and coin-making machines and devices.

Old Masters Picture Gallery: The world renown of the Dresden Old Masters Picture Gallery is founded in its outstanding collection of high-ranking masterpieces. Among the primary focuses of its holdings are Italian painting of the Renaissance - as exemplified by major works of Raphael, Giorgione and Titian - as well as works in the Mannerist and Baroque styles. Of equal significance is the inventory of Dutch and Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century. Not only are Rembrandt and his followers represented with a large number of works of superb quality, but the collection also comprises paintings by Vermeer and Ruysdael and the great Flemish artists Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck.

New Masters Gallery: The collection of the New Masters Gallery with its approx. 2,500 nineteenth and twentieth-century paintings is one of the most important modern art museums in Germany. Among the attractions of the New Masters Gallery are, in particular, the works of German painters of the Romantic period. Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, Ernst Ferdinand Oehme and Ludwig Richter are some of the great 19th-century masters whose works are on display in the museum.

Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon: The Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon houses a world-famous collection of historical timepieces and scientific instruments. Terrestrial and celestial globes are on view alongside optical, astronomical and geodetic devices of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, and the fascinating compendium also includes instruments for calculating and drawing as well as determining length, dimensions, temperature and air pressure.

Armoury: With its inventory of more than 10,000 objects, the Armoury is one of the world’s most sumptuous collections of decorative weapons and costumes. Some 1,300 pieces from all over Europe and the Orient will transport the visitor to the court festivities, chivalric tournaments, hunting expeditions and battlefields of yore. Splendid weapons, impressive jousting and tilting equipment, coats of mail and tournament scenes make up the primary focus of the collection.

Porcelain Collection: No ceramics collection in the world can claim higher quality and greater magnitude than the Dresden Porcelain Collection. It owes its existence to August the Strong, who once dubbed his passion for a material that is as costly as it is fragile the »maladie des porcellaines« – Porcelain Disorder.

Saxon Folk Art Museum with Puppet Theatre Collection: The Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung (Museum of Saxon Folk Art with the Puppet Theatre Collection): enchanting carved objects and illuminated pyramids from the Ore Mountains, printed linen from Lusatia, ornately decorated Sorb costumes and filigree lace from the Vogtland; painted furniture, richly decorated ceramics and a multifarious collection of old toys. The unique exhibition in the atmospheric Jägerhof is a delight for anyone, young or old, who would like to get to know and enjoy the folk art of Saxony.

Museum of Decorative Arts: The Museum of Decorative Arts resides today in Pillnitz Palace, nestled idyllically between vineyard-covered slopes and the River Elbe. In this Baroque setting, the virtuoso achievements of the Saxon court workshops are on display alongside a multifarious range of regional and international craftwork of five centuries.

Sculpture Collection: The Sculpture Collection presents works of more than five millennia – from the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East to all epochs of European sculpture from the Early Middle Ages to the present.



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