Das Staedel

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by zabelle on January 26, 2004

We reached the museum via a foot bridge over the Main. It offers spectacular views of the city, with the skyscrapers towering over the Old City, yesterday and today wonderfully displayed before your eyes. Wonderful diversity.

This is a very visually attractive museum. As you stand in the lobby, you can look up several floors into the rotunda. The lobby has a nice-size gift shop, and we immediately lost Joe for a good 15 minutes. Entrance is 8 euros, and the coat check is half a euro, nothing gratis here. We had lunch in the Holbein Restaurant; service was less than perfect, and the prices are terrible, but the pumpkin-ginger soup was so good, I am willing to forgive them any shortcomings. The lentil soup was also excellent, so I have to recommend that you try them--just be patient and bring along your credit card.

There were two special exhibits going on while we were there: one, Nackt (naked), was particularly popular. I was personally more attracted to the other, which was a collection of German drawings whose highlight for me was several by Albrecht Durer.

The technique for displaying the painting in this museum is unique in that, although it is done quite traditionally by age and nationality, interspersed with, say, a collection of early Flemish paintings will be a modern German painting. For example, in a room with Lucas Cranach, Rogier van der Weyden, and Hans Memling, we have Max Ernst. At first, you are a little startled when you see this painting of a man's submerged head in a pool that so obviously doesn’t belong with the others, but after a while, you are looking forward to each new room to see what the surprise will be.

Some of the paintings are displayed in cases set in the middle of the room, and then in other rooms, they are hung from metal grids. Very interesting. The depth of the collection here is excellent. I loved the round painting by Hans Holbein, the Younger of Simon George; he is holding a small red flower, and the colors are still so fresh and beautiful that you can almost feel him breathe. They own a Vermeer, several Rembrandts, Rubens, Goyas, a Van Gogh, and more. Check your map of the museum carefully, or you will miss some of the collection. You need to search to find some of the Impressionist works. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours, at least, to appreciate this collection.

Städelsches Kunstinstitut
Schaumainkai 63
Frankfurt, Germany, 60596
+49 69 6050980


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