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 eines unbekannten Professors

Porträt eines unbekannten Professors photo: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie
belonging collection:
Kustodie
inventory number:
GP 177
classification:
Malerei
objecttype:
Gemälde
date:
2. Hälfte 18. Jahrhundert
dimension:
Gesamt (Keilrahmen): Höhe: 79 cm; Breite: 60,5 cm
material:
Leinwand: Keilrahmen
technique:
Öl
comment:
Unbekannter Professor der Mathematik

Gürtelbild frontal gegen rechts, Kopf zum Betrachter gewendet. Die linke Hand deutet auf den mathematischen Text eines aufgeschlagenen Buches, das vor dem Dargestellten liegt. Hellgrauer Frack mit Goldknöpfen, Goldbrokatweste, Ärmel- und Hemdrüsche, Hellgrau gepuderte Perücke mit Ohrenlücken und schwarzer Schleife. Bildgrund braun.
image rights:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: Kustodie