Les 2 Musées de la Ville – the Lëtzebuerg City Museum and Villa Vauban – have recently acquired a remarkable collection of engravings dating from the 16th to the early 20th century. The engravings come from a private collection and have never been on display or shown to the public before, significantly enhancing the City’s collections.
The roughly 1,000 prints belonged to the heirs of a private collector who ran a stationery shop in Nuremberg, where he lived from the end of the 19th century. He amassed a personal collection of ancient and pre-modern engravings, acquiring the majority of them between 1920 and 1930. They were recently discovered in the loft of his house by his descendants, who offered the collection to Les 2 Musées de la Ville.
The collection covers different periods and varies greatly in terms of types and schools. In fact, each period differs in format, paper used and the technique applied (drypoint etching, lithography). The featured works span five centuries of art and cultural history. Their countries of origin also differ, ranging from The Netherlands to France, Italy and also Great Britain.
As paper engravings are sensitive to light, they will only )go on display during temporary or themed exhibition. Visitors will then have the chance to discover works from Dutch artists such as Rembrandt or Rubens, plus landscapes and portraits by French painters, alongside engraving reproductions of famous paintings from the old masters (van Dyck, Cranach and Reni) and more recent works from Fritz Griebel, Max Klinger and Georg Kellner.