Von Heiligen, Herrschern und Helden - 26. Juni to 21. August 2022

In the 1960s, Rolf Italiaander, the writer and art collector, put together a collection of Ethiopian folk art that, in terms of scope and quality, is among the best that can be found in this field in Germany. The Italiaander Collection Foundation is now presenting a representative cross-section of this Ethiopian collection in Reinbek Castle. Picture stories and legends of saints are shown, partly on shaved goat skins, partly on parchment and canvas. There are mostly Christian motifs, so above all the recurring depiction of the dragon slayer St. George, patron saint of the country under its last emperor Haile Selassie. The Holy Trinity and the story of the Holy Family also tempted the mostly anonymous painters to create new pictorial works.