From Antiquity to Historism

The first tour is devoted to historical objects from antiquity to 1900. 2000 square meters of exhibition space with 30 showrooms and smaller cabinets display outstanding objects from Europe's art and cultural history.

There as an abundance of pieces made from classic materials such as ceramics, glass, we showcase furniture and wooden equipment, precious and base metals – especially goldsmith work crafted in Leipzig – ornamental and durable tin, scientific instruments as well as textiles. One part of the collection is dedicated to late Gothic carvings and winged altars.

The overall theme of the tour is the recurring reception of the Antique on the one hand and the art and cultural history of Saxony within a European context on the other hand. Our aim is to spark curiosity about the origins and transformation of certain shapes, the purpose or use of objects and the way in which they are embedded into historical context.

Another special highlight of this exhibition is a series of historical interior decorations.

 

ALL ROOMS AT A GLANCE

Room 1ANTIQUITY
Room 2LATE ANTIQUITY AND MIDDLE AGES
Rooms 3–5GOTHIC AND LATE GOTHIC
Room 6MIDDLE AGES
Rooms 7–10RENAISSANCE
Rooms 11–22RENAISSANCE | BAROQUE | ROCOCO
Rooms 23–28CLASSICISM
Room 29BIEDERMEIER
Room 30HISTORISM