Department of Prints,
Drawings and Photography

Prints and drawings
Caspar David Friedrich, Selbstbildnis mit aufgestütztem Arm, um 1802

Opening Hours
Closed on Monday

Tue and Thur 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please make an appointment: Call + Call +49(0)-428 131-244 or email
Use of the Library and Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography 2 €, Students free of charge

The study room at the "Kupferstichkabinett" or Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography is also the reading room for the library. Prints can be shown upon request on Tuesday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Please make an appointment: Call +49(0)40-428 131-248 or email 

Please notive! The Kupferstichkabinett reading room and the library will be closed from 17 August - 7 September 2015.

With its more than 100,000 works on paper and high quality of its prints, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is among the most important collections of its kind in Europe. Its many holdings and wide array of rare drawings and printed graphics from the 15th century to the present make it possible to understand the history of these various genres and gain an overview of European art history.

Focus of the collection

  • Old Italian, Dutch and German schools
  • The only significant collection of Spanish drawings in Europe outside of SpainThe best collection of Italian
  • prints in Europe outside of Italy
  • The graphic artwork of artists such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya in varying stages of completion
  • Friedrich, Runge and the German Romantics
  • French graphic arts of the 19th century, particularly Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Munch, Barlach, Kollwitz and the German Expressionists
  • Horst Janssen (Schack Loan, Frielinghaus Estate)
  • Special collections: Portfolios and graphic cycles, photography by contemporary visual artists