The Stendal Collection of Paintings and Drawings

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Prof. Dr. Max Kunze

The collections of the Winckelmann-Society and the Winckelmann-Museum in Stendal (print graphics, autographs, paintings)

The Winckelmann-Collection in Arachne is still in progress. The object is to make the holdings of the museum available for science. This concerns the common object data as well as the image-material, which enables uncomplicated photo orders and also a lasting backup of the photo holdings in print quality. Due to the special character of the Stendal Museum, which is dedicated to the founder of archaeology and art history, the collection holdings appear very heterogeneous and can well be subsumed under the heading “Reception of Antique and Winckelmann”. The Winckelmann-Society has strived to add to the inventory since 1940 and is being assisted by the Museum since 1955. The inventory holds drawings, paintings, sculpture, antiques, coins and portrait medals as well as autographs and etchings. The focus is laid on the few autographs of J. J. Winckelmann, the first editions and early prints of his works, as well as the scholar’s portraits. The Arachne-database currently holds paintings and drawings of Winckelmann. The graphic section containing etchings of antiques as well as views of Italy especially from the 18th century (Sadeler, Piranesi, Vasi, Rossini etc.) is also available in the Arachne-database. The etchings of archaeological and antiquarian literature used by Winckelmann are available as well, via the book-browser of Arachne. Of great interest for the archaeological research in the Vesuv-cities are the more than 200 aquarelles of the Presuhn collection showing the excavations from 1874 to 1881. A small collection of antiquities consisting above all of Greek vases, terracottas, bronzes, everyday objects of various categories, coins and only a few sculptures, serves to illuminate Winckelmann's research topic. The collection is already published and will be merged into Arachne shortly. More collection complexes are in progress.