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prints and drawings

The museum's collection of prints and drawings has 10,000 pages.

Three views of Amsterdam canals by rembrandt


Antiphonary of the Monastery of Clarissa in Cologne | 2nd Quarter 14th Century

succession of Johannes von valkenburg

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn |
after 1657

Landscape with cow drinking

Alfred Rethel | 1853

dance of death


The oldest drawings in the collection are medieval miniatures and antiphonary pages from the time between 1330 and 1500, including six from the succession of Johannes von Valkenburg in Cologne. In terms of works of the Mannerism and Baroque periods, Dutch drawings from the 17th century make up the greater part of the collection.

The 18th century is amply represented by a large collection of more than 600 architectural drawings and plans by Johann Joseph Couven and his son Jakob. Examples of 19th century works include drawings and numerous studies for the Aachen Town Hall frescoes by the Aachen-born artist Alfred Rethel, but also more than 50 aquarelles and gouaches by the Aachen-born Romantic artist and Schirmer pupil Caspar Scheuren.

Classical Modernism as represented by a few individual drawings. These include a permanent loan from a private collection of 19 aquarelles, gouaches and coloured chalk drawings. Some gouaches and drawings from the second half of the 20th century are by artists from the region and include several works by Herbert Falken.


One of the main focuses of the print section of the collection is on German prints from the 15th and 16th century with numerous pages by Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries.

But the collection is also amply stocked with Dutch and Flemish prints from the 16th and 17th century. These include 32 etchings by Rembrandt as well as numerous copperplates from the engraving workshop of Peter Paul Rubens.

The collection also boasts solitaires in the form of a rare first edition of the Carceri drawings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi as well as first editions of Goya's famous four series of etchings as bound editions: the Caprichos, the Desastres de la Guerra, the Tauromaquia and the Proverbios.

The 19th century is represented by prints from English and French painter-etchers and several German impressionists. Six print cycles by Max Klinger (Rescues of Ovidian Victims, Eve and the Future, Intermezzi, A Love, Brahms Fantasy, Of Death Part Two) and a collection of works by German expressionists exemplify the graphic art of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Due to their photosensitivity, the objects are not on show in the permanent collection.

On request, we can gladly set out selected works of the collection of prints and drawings for perusal in our library.