The "Städel" is one of Germany’s most important and oldest art collections. Since its founding by Johann Friedrich Städel in 1815 the collection has been expanded on a regular basis. With approximately 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures and more than 100,000 drawings and graphic designs for printing, the Städel invites visitors to undertake a journey through the cultural landscapes of Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. The collection of old masters exhibits paintings by Holbein, Cranach, Botticelli, Dürer, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Painting from the 19th and 20th century is represented by artists such as Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann, and Pablo Picasso and Otto Dix. Works by A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon and other artists represent art since 1945. Contemporary positions are represented in the "Constellations" series, a periodically changing presentation of the collection, in which new acquisitions and works from the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century are shown.
The focus of the Städel Museum’s work, alongside collecting and conserving, consists in scholarly research into the museum’s holdings, as well as in the organization of exhibitions based on the works in its care.
Every year, special exhibitions that receive international attention draw a large public to the Städel. Guided tours for every claim and every requirement such as "art after work", "student fodder", and an eclectic programme for children ensure stimulating interactions with art. All in all, the Städel offers more than 50 different education formats. Individual and active confrontation with the museum’s collection is also supported by the use of media such as social networks, films, digital audio-guides and online education services.
In the graphics collection, visitors can ask to see individual drawings and graphics. To anyone who is interested, the Städel library offers a large selection of literature and specialist journals on various topics concerning the visual arts and art history.