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 Reinhard Rus

Porträt Johann Reinhard Rus photo: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie
belonging collection:
inventory number:
GP 279
Subject category:
1. Drittel 18. Jahrhundert
Gesamt: Höhe: 73 cm; Breite: 56,5 cm
Leinwand: Keilrahmen
Porträt Johann Reinhard Rus (1679–1738)
Professor der orientalischen und griechischen Sprachen sowie der Theologie

Brustbild in gemaltem Oval, Kopf und Blick zum Betrachter, Körper etwas nach rechts gewendet. Graublaue Augen, graue Allonge-Perücke. Schwarze Brokatweste mit Knöpfen, weißes Halstuch, roter Mantel. Bildgrund im Oval dunkelbraun, außen heller.

Vierzeilige M. l.: "IOH: REINH: | RUS. LINGG: | SACR: ET O- | RIENT: P. P. O."
Rückseitig zweizeilige Bezeichnung: „Johann Reinhard Rus. Orientalist | 1679. 1701. 1739“
Das auf der Leinwandrückseite angegebene Sterbejahr stimmt nicht mit dem in den historischen Quellen überlieferten überein.
image rights:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie