With its 20.000 hand drawings and print graphics, the graphic collection in the Landesmuseum Hannover provides an excellent insight into the manifold events of European art history from the late Middle Ages to the early 20. Century.
Hundreds of Dürer's works, as his famous Hieronymus in the case, numerous Italian drawings, including a sketch sheet from the circle of Leonardo da Vinci, hundreds of works Rembrandt, the epochal Caprichos of Francisco de Goya, a landscape Camille Pissarro and hundreds of drawings and graphics by Max Liebermann, Max Slevogts and Lovis Corinths are examples of the artistic richness of our Kupferstichkabinett.
In order to make this treasure more accessible to science and the visitor, we are currently working on the digital development of our entire graphic inventory. Each sheet is taken individually from its archive box, recorded statistically, examined conservatively and digitally photographed. At the same time, the data of the old manuscript inventory cards will be recreated in digital form. In a second step, the information about the plant and its image are merged into a database. On the basis thus created, the final art historical appreciation of the works of art takes place in a catalog as well as their conservatory support.
In small temporary exhibitions, we present selected sheets, and on request, the visitors to the otherwise carefully stored in cabinets works are presented to study and enjoyment. The described conservation and art historical development and a rearrangement of the leaves will allow the visitor of the Kupferstichkabinett to browse through his collections of artists, artistic landscapes and epochs.