Double Portrait of Justinian von Holzhausen and His Wife Anna, née Fürstenberg, Conrad Faber von Kreuznach
Conrad Faber von Kreuznach
Double Portrait of Justinian von Holzhausen and His Wife Anna, née Fürstenberg
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Conrad Faber von Kreuznach

Double Portrait of Justinian von Holzhausen and His Wife Anna, née Fürstenberg, 1536


Dimensions
68.6 x 98.5 x min. 0.8 cm
maximum depth
0.7 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
1729
Acquisition
Acquired in 1923 as a bequest from Adolph von Holzhausen
Status
On display

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About the Work

Conrad Faber was the ‘house painter’ of the Frankfurt patriciate in the first half of the sixteenth century. This double portrait holds a prominent position among his innumerable likenesses, of which many are quite formulaic in nature. Justinian von Holzhausen, a man of humanist learning, had it painted of himself and his wife. The winged Cupid is unique in painting north of the Alps. With its arrow and bunches of grapes, it invokes sensual love as the foundation of marriage – an astonishingly candid reference to sexuality for the time in which the picture was painted.

About the Donation

For almost 700 years, from 1245 until 1923, the Holzhausens were one of Frankfurt's most important patrician families and prominent members of the Imperial City's town council. More than thirty members of the family served as mayor on some seventy occasions. Until about 1500 the family were merchants on a large scale, but then concentrated on administering their country property and feudal lands. The death of Adolph Freiherr von Holzhausen (1866-1923) marked the end of the older branch of the family on the male side. He bequeathed to the Städel the ancestral portrait gallery of Frankfurt's Holzhausen family, which dated back to the time of the Renaissance. The portrait collection exhibits the particular charm of an ancestral gallery that has been maintained over many generations.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Double Portrait of Justinian von Holzhausen and His Wife Anna, née Fürstenberg
Painter (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet und datiert oben links im gelben Rand um das Wappen des Mannes: IVSTINIANVS · VON · HOLTZHAVSEN · 1536 ·
Bezeichnet oben rechts im gelben Rand um das halb verdeckte Wappen der Frau: FV̇RSTENBERG

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1923 as a bequest from Adolph von Holzhausen

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61B2(HOLZHAUSEN, Justinian von)12(+53) historical person (HOLZHAUSEN, Justinian von) - historical person (HOLZHAUSEN, Justinian von) in a double-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31A231(+4) standing figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 61BB2(HOLZHAUSEN, Anna von)12(+53) historical person (HOLZHAUSEN, Anna von) - BB - woman - historical person (HOLZHAUSEN, Anna von) in a double-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31AA231(+4) standing figure - AA - female human figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 42D3 marriage, married couple, 'matrimonium'
  • 56F2 (personifications and symbolic representations of) Love; 'Amore (secondo Seneca)' (Ripa)
  • 92D17 specific aspects of Cupid
  • 92D18(ARROW) attributes of Cupid: arrow(s)
  • 92D18(BLINDFOLD) attributes of Cupid: blindfold
Secondary

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11.06.2019