ETH Zurich Collection of Prints and Drawings, Zurich

ETH Zurich Collection of Prints and Drawings, Zurich

This collection of drawings and prints was established in 1867 by Gottfried Kinkel, a professor of art history and archaeology. The collection got its start with the acquisition of the Buhlmann collection in 1870, which contained over 11,000 single-leaf prints and another 150 volumes of bound prints. The second significant contribution to the collection was the 12,000 prints donated by Heinrich Schulthess-vonMeiss, a Zurich banker.

The collection was opened to the public in 1924, and has continued to grow since. Today there are over 150,000 prints covering a span of 600 years. Prints and drawings of the old masters such as Durer, Rembrandt and Goya are part of the collection. Its main focus continued to be Swiss graphic art. Due to the fine nature of the materials on which the prints and drawings are made, they are only shown for short periods of time. They may be viewed on an individual basis in the study room.

The museum is located on the first floor of the south wing of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Admission is free and free guided tours are available, in German, on Mondays at lunch time.

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Sight Name: ETH Zurich Collection of Prints and Drawings
Sight Location: Zurich, Switzerland (See walking tours in Zurich)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

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