The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum’s graphic collection holds more than 13,000 art sheets from the 15th to the 20th century consisting mainly of prints, but also hand drawings and a limited number of photographs.
The subjects range from vedute and architectural depictions, designs for arts and crafts, costume and traditional costume pictures over armorial and genealogical sheets, portraits and picture sheets. The collection’s main emphasis is on historical pictorial documents but also contains some artistically unique compositions such as a group of gouaches by the Munich court painter Hans Mielich, a volume of sketches by François Cuvilliés and draft sketches made for a private prayer book for King Ludwig II of Bavaria.