Städelschule - Academy of Fine Arts

The Städelschule is an Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main. Since 1817 it has pledged to provide equal, international, adventurous and independent education in art. It is one of the most famous art academies in the world.



The Städelschule dates back to an endowment made by the Frankfurt citizen Johann Friedrich Städel. In his last will and testament he left the Städel Institute of Art his art collection and estate in 1815. Städel provided for lessons “in architecture and those sciences included in the subject of art”. This became possible from 1817 in the form of bursaries coming out of his estate.


The Städelschule has a unique approach consisting of class-based teaching and an emancipated form of education: the students independently make use of the Städelschule’s comprehensive offer and art-based and academic discourses in order to formulate their own enlightened and contemporary artistic positions.

The Städelschule offers courses in fine art, architecture and curatorial studies. Courses at the Institute of Art Criticism are attended by all students whatever their discipline.


Library services

The Städelschule library is a public reference library. Its collection can be researched in the online catalogue of the Frankfurt Museum Libraries. The library also has publications by the Städelschule and some of the programme of public lectures.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany