Masterpieces from the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Collection

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Masterpieces from the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Collection

11/11/2021 — 09/01/2022

Claude-Joseph Vernet, Italian seaport, around 1750, Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Claude-Joseph Vernet, Italian seaport, around 1750, Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, lynx, n.d., Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, lynx, n.d., Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Albrecht Dürer, The great arch of triumph, 1522/89, Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Albrecht Dürer, The great arch of triumph, 1522/89, Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Tiger, n.d., Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Tiger, n.d., Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK

The artworks of the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation are now a very familiar and important part of the MdbK collection. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the foundation, rarely shown drawings, graphics and paintings from the collection founded by Maximilian Speck von Sternburg (1776 - 1856) will be presented anew.

At the age of 30, the aspiring merchant Maximilian Speck began collecting art from Europe. On his extensive business trips, which took him all over Europe from 1800 onwards, he visited galleries, museums and art academies as well as trading partners. The enthusiastic art observer became a passionate collector of works of art. His extensive collection was initially on display in his town house "Specks Hof" and since 1834 in Lützschena. There he had acquired a manor in 1822, which he extended and converted. An agricultural model estate, specialising in sheep breeding, a brewery and brickworks were in operation.

Despite political upheavals, wars, sales and donations, thanks to the testamentary dispositions of Maximilian Speck von Sternburg and his descendants, one of the few Saxon private collections could be kept together in its complexity in large parts in Lützschena until 1945. In November 1945, 210 paintings, several hundred drawings and graphics as well as the valuable library were transferred to the MdbK. After 1990, the heirs succeeded in finding a solution for the preservation and public presentation of the collection after several years of negotiations with the City of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony. On 12 November 1996, the Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation was established.

Through intensive efforts, the art collection could be permanently bound to the museum and preserved for the future. In this way, the descendants, today represented by the foundation's president Wolf-Dietrich Speck von Sternburg and his niece Judith Speck von Sternburg, fulfilled the wish of their ancestor Maximilian Speck von Sternburg.

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, lynx, n.d., Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, lynx, n.d., Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Stiftung im MdbK