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 Wilhelm Zesch

Porträt Wilhelm Zesch photo: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie
belonging collection:
Kustodie
inventory number:
GP 235
classification:
Malerei
objecttype:
Gemälde
date:
1682 (?)
dimension:
Gesamt: Höhe: 103 cm; Breite: 73 cm
material:
Leinwand
Holz
technique:
Öl
comment:
Porträt Wilhelm Zesch, Theologe (1629-1682).

Hüftbild stehend, frontal mit beiden Händen in einem gemalten ovalen Rahmen, braunes, langes Haar, schwarze Kappe, brauner Kinn- und Schnurrbart, schwarzer Talar mit weißem, breitem Eckkragen und Ärmelrüschen, unter seinem linken Arm hält er eine große Bibel, sein rechter ist vor den Körper geführt, Wappen linkes neben dem Kopf: geteilter, halbrunder Schild mit dreiblättrigem Kleeblatt und Figur (?), Stern, Spangenhelm mit Helmdecke.
image rights:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie