Amerbach (family)

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The Amerbach family was a family of humanistically educated Basel printers and lawyers . The lawyer Basilius Amerbach (1533–1591) systematically built an art cabinet and library . The resulting and so-called Amerbach Cabinet included a collection of world-famous paintings , the estate of Erasmus and about 9000 books. Amerbach owned around 2000 old master drawings, mainly by German and Swiss artists, among many others , including over 100 works by Hans Holbein the Younger . In 1661, the city and the University of Basel acquired the cabinet and thus laid the foundation for the first public museum in Europe. Today the collection is an important part of the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Historisches Museum Basel as well as the University Library of Basel .


The Amerbach correspondence contains parts of the family's correspondence, especially from the 15th and 16th centuries, which has been cataloged since 1932. At the end of the work it is perhaps an Upper Rhine, late humanistic person lexicon of the 16th century.


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