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 Ernst Anton Nicolai

Porträt Ernst Anton Nicolai photo: Digitalisierung MVT
belonging collection:
Kustodie
inventory number:
GP 169
classification:
Malerei
objecttype:
Gemälde
artist:
unbekannt
date:
zwischen 1759 und 1802
dimension:
Gesamt: Höhe: 83,5 cm; Breite: 66 cm
material:
Leinwand
technique:
Öl
comment:
Porträt Ernst Anton Nicolai
Mediziner (1722-1802)

Gürtelstück frontal gegen rechts ohne Hände, grau gepuderte Perücke, blauer Samtfrack mit Goldtressen, buntbestickte Brokatweste, Spitzenrüschen an Hals und Ärmel, roter Mantel um die Unterarme drapiert, am rechten Bildrand Pilaster (?) mit Inschrift: ERNESTVS ANTONIVS NICOLAI,MEDICINAE DOCTOR, POTENTISSIMI BORVSS. REGIS ET SERENISSIMI DVCIS SAXO-VINARIENSIS ET ISENACENSIS CONSILIARIVS AVLICVS, PROFESSOR CHIMIAE ET PRAXEOS PVBLICVUS ORDINARIVS IN ACADEMIA IENENSI ET ACADEMIAE ELECTORALIS MOGVNTINAE SCIENTIARVM VTILIVM SODALIS, NATVS SONDERSHVSAE DIE VII. SEPTEMBRIS 1722.
image rights:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie