family von Maltzan
Creators of the collection:

The creator of the impressive collection of prints was Joachim IV von Maltzan (1593-1654). The objects which used to belong to him can be identified by the initials "J. IV v. M." on their back sides. The collecting passion of Joachim IV was shared by his distant descendant Andreas Martiner von Maltzan (1863-1921), who expanded the collection with copper engravings he acquired in antiquary shops of Berlin and Leipzig. He also supported financially the painter Oskar Obier.

Duration of this collection in Silesia: beginning of 17th century - 1945
Description of the collection:

The collection of prints from the palace in Militsch was among the largest and oldest collections of the sort in Germany. The walls of von Maltzans' residence were also adorned by paintings, of which worth noting are the cycle by Johann Georg Platzer and four excellent canvases by Michael Willmann, including the famous "Orpheus Playing for the Animals". In the palace's interiors a large group of string instruments and clocks was exhibited as well.

Categories of works of art in this collection: Print (5), Painting (11)

Max Lehrs, Der deutsche und niederländische Kupferstich des 15. Jahrhunderts in der kleineren Sammlungen, „Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft“, 16 (1893), p. 323-338

Ruth-Maria Muthmann, Von Israhel van Meckenen bis Albrecht Dürer. Deutsche Graphik 1470-1530 aus der Sammlung Graf Maltzan, C. G. Boerner, Neue Lagerliste, No. 78, Düsseldorf 1983

Waldemar Deluga, Śląskie kolekcje grafiki średniowiecznej, [w:] Z dziejów rysunku i grafiki na Śląsku oraz w kolekcjach i zbiorach ze Śląskiem związanych, red. Bogusław Czechowicz, Arkadiusz Dobrzyniecki, Izabela Żak, Wrocław 1999, p. 153-166


Part of the prints collection was exhibited in the Silesian Museum of Fine Arts in 1903.

83 prints were auctioned at Carl Boerner's salon in Düsseldorf in 1983.

Localization: Militsch (Milicz) - palace of family von Maltzan
Authors of this entry:
  • Magdalena Palica
Published on: 02 / 12 / 2009
Project co-financed by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under Government Project – Civic Benefit Fund.
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