Old Masters in the Würth Collection
The core of this superb collection, devoted to the art of southwest Germany, the Lake Constance region and northern Switzerland from the late Middle Ages to the early modern era, is formed by the former Prince Fürstenberg Painting Treasury, Donaueschingen, acquired by the Würth family in 2003. The artistic and cultural significance of this collection alone is so great because the majority of its panels stem from a period from which, due to the especially radical iconoclasm that raged in Swabia, very few visual documents have survived.
Some that have survived include numerous panels by the Master of Messkirch, one of the most remarkable southern German artists from the 16th century, among them the valuable Falkenstein Altarpiece, which is regarded a national treasure. Not to forget the highly significant St. Anthony retable by the Zurich Veilchenmeister “Master of the Pansies” and a magnificent Portrait of a Gentleman by Andreas Haider. These stocks were meaningfully supplemented in both the fields of painting and sculpture, for instance by high-quality pieces by Daniel Mauch, Tilman Riemenschneider, and the immediate circle of Hans Multscher. Further high points were new acquisitions from the hand of Lucas Cranach the Elder, among them a very vivid version of Christ Blessing the Children, dating to 1546.
The most important recent addition was without a doubt "The Madonna of the Mayor Jacob Meyer" zum Hasen by Hans Holbein the Younger. Holbein's painting ranks among the most famous and most beautiful paintings of the 16th century.
Further information on the exhibition and the reopening of the museum is published by Swiridoff Publishers. The didactic offer is rounded off by audio tours for children and adults.
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Family of Wild People, about 1530, 27,3 x 18,2 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 6545
Studio of Peter Murer, Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, 95 x 84,5 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 6474
Andreas Haider, Man with Beret, about 1516/17, 43 x 34 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 6558
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jesus blesses the Children, 1546, 71 x 122 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 10816
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Saint Barbara, about 1530, 73 x 56,5 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 9325
Zurich Master of the Pansies, St Antony Retable, about 1500–1515, 97 x 97 cm, Würth Collection, Inv. 6508