Officially referred to as the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, the Städel is an art museum found in Frankfurt am Main, as it takes pride in holding one of the prime collections in Germany. The Städel boasts of 2700 paintings, a collection embracing 10000 drawings, 600 sculptures as well as prints. There is also a library that has a lot of books and periodicals. Johann Freidrich Städel, the Frankfurt banker and merchant founded Städel in 1815.

Frankfurt Stadel

Frankfurt Stadel

A new building got erected in 1878, as the design embraced the Gründerzeit style and took its place on the Schaumainkai street. The gallery had become one of the top contenders that had prominent German collections of classic Pan European art by the beginning of the 20th century. By the year 1939, the collection had to be moved out of Frankfurt as a measure of safety to safeguard it from the ravages the Second World War.

The gallery subsequently took the toll during the World War II, as it had got rebuilt in 1966 falling in line with the design produced by Johannes Krahn, the Frankfurt architect.

In 1990, further expansion was enabled to house the 20th century works as well as special exhibits, and the collection here embraces European paintings belonging to seven centuries, starting with the 14th century paintings and even including paintings of the Late Gothic, the renaissance as well as the Baroque, and it also includes the 19th and the 20th century paintings.

The huge collection of drawings and prints do not find a place in the permanent display as they get spotted at the first floor of the museum.(photo:F. Bucher)

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