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Schwäbischhall Shop

Johanniterkirche

Old masters from the Würth collection

Opening hours:

Tue-Sun 11 - 17 o'clock

closed on 24 and 31 Dec.,

25 Dec., 26 Dec. and 1 Jan., 12-17 o'clock

Im Weiler 1

D-74523 Schwäbisch Hall

Multi-storey car park Ritter

Phone: 0791/946 723 30

Fax: 0791/946 723 39

Admission free.

The 12th century Hospitalers' church was re-opened as a museum in November 2008. The extensively refurnished building has become a branch of the Kunsthalle Würth arts gallery- a few minutes walk distant – and the perfect accommodation of the important stock of old masters from the Würth Collection that includes the former Prince of Fürstenberg's picture treasure and many new purchases. Some exhibits of its former sacred furnishing could be returned to the Hospitalers' church.

The 'Madonna of mayor Jacob Meyer zum Hasen (Virgin of Mercy)' by Hans Holbein the Younger was added in January 2012 to the exquisite collection of old masters on display in the Hospitalers' church.

The renovation of the Hospitalers' church included rebuilding according to modern museum standards and appropriate restoration of the original Gothic roof framework from 1400/01, found to be the oldest of its kind in southern Germany. Many architectural supplements that had been improperly added during various periods of profane use had to be removed at first, decorative elements had to be exposed and cleaned, the natural stone facade was restored, the vault ribs of the choir and the jambs of the tracery windows were inside conserved and the roof framework was exposed so that the building could be seen again in its original shape, beauty and quality.

The high-quality collection is devoted to art of the German southwest - including the Lake of Constance territory and northern Switzerland - from the late Middle Ages to the early modern age. Its essential nucleus is the former Prince of Fürstenberg's picture treasure of Donaueschingen, acquired by Reinhold Würth in 2003. The significance of this lot for the history of arts and culture should be highly regarded, because most board pictures originated in a period from which few pictorial documents have survived the Iconoclasm that had been extremely radical in Swabia.

The phenomenal Family of the Children of Nature by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a whole lot from his workshop has been preserved, for example, including religious scenes, profane studies and portraits.

A portrait from Konstanz, dated about 1441/42, showing the married couple Wilhelm IV Graf von Schenkenstein and Agnes Gräfin von Werdenberg-Trochtelfingen should be pointed out as well, as should be many board pictures of the Master of Messkirch or the boards of the very important Antony-Retable of the Zurich Violet Master. The collection was meaningfully extended with board paintings and sculptures, for example with high-quality samples of Daniel Mauch, Tilman Riemenschneider and the environment of Hans Multscher. Without any doubt, further new entries by Lucas Cranach the Elder may be considered the highlights, though.

Visitors' comments on the Hospitalers' church

The attractivity of the Hospitalers' church, as seen by visitors from abroad, is documented by many entries in the visitors' book. Here are a few excerpts:

  • Wir sind berührt und beeindruckt von dieser Ausstellung. Gratulation!“ A visitor from Austria/2008-12-03
  • Eine große Bereicherung für uns Haller“ 2008-12-08
  • Lovely church and amazing paintings“ A visitor from Rye, Great Britain, 2008-12-13
  • Fantastisch” A visitor from Panama, 2009-27-01
  • Excellent restoration and collection” A visitor from North Carolina, USA, 2009-27-01
  • Es war cool!” Nicolas, 2009-27-02
  • Das, was ich gesehen habe, war sehr göttlich, und die Bilder von heute sind nicht so toll wie früher” Natascha, 9 years, 2009-14-03
  • Vielen Dank für Ihre große Mühe, diese alten Kunstwerke bis in unsere Tage zu bringen!“ A visitor from Freising, 2009-22-03
  • Very impressive“ A visitor from Finland, 2009-25-04
  • Berühmten Malern so nah zu sein- wunderbar“ A visitor from the Netherlands, 2009-29-04
  • Wir, eine Gruppe von Studenten aus Indien und Thailand finden dieses Museum richtig toll und faszinierend. Wir haben die christliche Kirche wirklich gut kennen lernen können. Danke!“ 2009-05-05
  • Die Ausstellung ist ein Erlebnis“ A visitor from Hannover, 2009-19-06
  • Magnifique!“ A visitor from Strasbourg, France, 2009-05-07
  • Durch Zufall halten wir hier an, und welche Überraschung! Wir sind beide überwältigt!!“ A visitor from Bad Berensen, 2009-05-08
  • Eine unglaublich tolle Sammlung. Mein Gott! Herr Würth, gut diese Sammlung erhalten zu haben; gut sie sehen zu dürfen.“ A visitor of not stated origin, 2009-25-07