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 Sebastian Schäffer

Porträt Sebastian Schäffer photo: Digitalisierung MVT
belonging collection:
Kustodie
inventory number:
GP 200
classification:
Malerei
objecttype:
Gemälde
artist:
unbekannt
date:
1573
dimension:
Gesamt: Höhe: 78 cm; Breite: 64 cm
material:
Leinwand
technique:
Öl
comment:
Porträt Sebastian Schäffer
Philosoph (gest. 1574)

Gürtelstück frontal gegen rechts mit beiden Händen, braunes Haupt- und Barthaar, kurzer Kinn- und Wangenbart, schwarzer Mantel mit breitem, hochgestellten Kragen, schwarzes Gewand, darunter Rüschenkragen des weißen Hemdes, die linke Hand hält ein Schriftstück, die rechte stützt sich in der Seite ab, Inschrift: M. SEBASTIANUS SCHAFFER ALDEBURGENSIS P.P. JENENSIS 1573
image rights:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie