Conflagration at Night, Johann Georg Trautmann
Johann Georg Trautmann
Conflagration at Night
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Conflagration at Night, 1762 – 1769


Dimensions
37.4 x 57.0 x 0.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on Walnut, reverse beveled on all sides
Inventory Number
1339
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817 as a gift by Dr. Johann Georg Grambs
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Acquisition

"Dr. Grambs owns [...] a collection of paintings, engravings and hand drawings that exceeds all expectations. The decisive knowledge of the owner helps the visitor to quick enlightenment and a thorough insight." This is how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described the collection of the lawyer Johann Georg Grambs (1756−1817). The lawyer had acquired his art possessions − mainly Dutch and German artists of the 17th and 18th centuries − at auctions in Frankfurt. Grambs was one of Städel's appointed administrators of the institute. The administration of the Städel Foundation had been entrusted to an independent body of five Frankfurt citizens. And like the founder himself, Grambs also left his art collection to the museum.

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Title
Conflagration at Night
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on Walnut, reverse beveled on all sides
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1817 as a gift by Dr. Johann Georg Grambs

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Provenance

Object History
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Johann Georg Grambs (1756-1817, Städel-Administrator), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1817 (Inv. Nr. 634)
getauscht zusammen mit zehn weiteren Gemälden mit dem Kunsthändler Filippo Benucci (1779-1848) für den Ankauf des Johannes-Altars von Rogier van der Weyden (Inv. Nr. 878), 31. Januar 1840
unbek. Sammlung, Mailand, 1840
...
unbek. Sammlung, Paris
Heinrich Cahn-Blumenthal
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 6. Mai 1902 (Inv. Nr. 1339).

Information

Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

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Last update

22.10.2021