Art Collections

Art Collections (Custodian)

The Custodian looks after the monuments and artworks belonging to the Friedrich Schiller University. The art collection was founded as early as the 16th century and contains paintings, drawings, sculptures, university medals, and other objects of craftsmanship. The University’s insignia and the gowns for academic ceremonies are also kept here.

Key objects in the collection include a series of portraits of Jena University professors covering five centuries, monumental paintings by important artists such as Ferdinand Hodler, Ludwig von Hofmann, and Erich Kuithan, as well as sculptures, such as the ‘Minerva’ by Auguste Rodin. Modern artists such as Frank Stella, Imi Knoebel, and Emil Schumacher are also represented.

Many busts of historical figures adorn public spaces in Jena, for example along the Via triumphalis, where such sculptures line Fürstengraben as a memorial to people who were important to the University and the town. On the university campus on Ernst-Abbe-Platz you cannot miss the four modern sculptures from the Hudson River Valley Series by US artist Frank Stella.

Porträt Johann Friedrich

Porträt Johann Friedrich photo: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie
belonging collection:
Kustodie
inventory number:
GP 180
classification:
Malerei
objecttype:
Gemälde
artist:
Richter, Christian
date:
1654
dimension:
Gesamt: Höhe: 117,5 cm; Breite: 95,5 cm
material:
Leinwand: Spannrahmen
technique:
Öl
comment:
Johann Friedrich

Hochoval mit Brustbild in zwei herzförmig verschlungenen Schriftbändern. Das Porträt nach Lukas Cranach: J. F. als Kurfürst mit Kurhut, Hermelin und erhobenem Kurschwert.

Inschrift des äußeren Bandes: WILHELMS (Symbol: Herz)zog Zur Weisheit seinen Sohn BERN - HARD RECTOR der Acad: IENA WILHELMS (Symbol: Herz)zog (überleitend in das innere Band) Elter Vatter Wahr IOHANN - FRIEDERICH Churfürst Zu Sachsen."

Über den Schriftbändern eine Krone mit der Jahreszahl 1654 darunter verschlungen das Künstlermonogramm Christian Richters, unten 28. Febr.
Die Schriftbänder in der unteren Hälfte goldgewirkt und aufgenäht, oben gemalt.
Teil von:
Doppelbildnis Johann Friedrich II./Johann Wilhelm
image rights:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie