At first sight

200 unexpected antiquities from the collections of Frits Lugt and Helene Kröller-Müller


National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands


At the start of the twentieth century, two Dutch people were busy amassing an impressive private collection of art: art connoisseur and dealer Frits Lugt and Helene Kröller-Müller, wife of businessman Anton Kröller, both collected the drawings, paintings, engravings, sculpture, etc. of national and international painters and artists in particular.

There were big names amongst the collection, such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. However, their interest in art went beyond the old masters and the great painters of their day, they also collected objects from antiquity, such as Egyptian sculptures and Greek vases.


The exhibition shows the best objects from the ‘antiquity-loving’ partial collections of Kröller-Müller and Lugt.

In ‘At first sight’ you can see a selection of two hundred objects, including lovely Greek vases, ornate Roman glass and Egyptian sculptures and amulets.

Portraits, photos and letters give an impression of the individual behind the collector and their passion for collecting art. In addition, ‘At first sight’ provides a nostalgic picture of the period when the collections of Lugt and Kröller-Müller came about.