Goethe in the Roman Campagna, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein
Goethe in the Roman Campagna
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Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

Goethe in the Roman Campagna, 1787


Dimensions
166 x 210.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1157
Acquisition
Acquired in 1887 as a gift by Baroness Adèle von Rothschild
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 1

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About the Work

No other portrait has shaped our image of Goethe as much as this one: the painter Tischbein depicts the “great Goethe” as a man in between epochs, in between antiquity and his own time. Goethe set off for Italy in September 1786, incognito, for he was already a famous author. In Rome, he stayed with his painter friend Tischbein, with whom he also made an excursion to the tombs of antiquity in the Campagna, the backdrop of which the artist uses for staging the famous poet. Only on closer inspection does the depiction’s still unexplained oddity become apparent: it looks as if Goethe had two left feet.

About the Acquisition

Baroness Salomon de Rothschild, also known as Adèle Hannah Caroline von Rothschild (1843−1922), was living in Paris when she bequeathed this famous painting to the Städel in 1878. Her husband, Salomon James de Rothschild (1835−1864), was a member of the Frankfurt bankers’ family Rothschild. The painting had come into the family’s possession during travels in Italy in the 1840s. For a time, it was on display in their manor outside Frankfurt – Günthersburg, the present-day Günthersburgpark.

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Title
Goethe in the Roman Campagna
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Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1887 as a gift by Baroness Adèle von Rothschild

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  • 61D(CAMPAGNA DI ROMA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (CAMPAGNA DI ROMA) (CAMPAGNA DI ROMA)
  • 25I9 landscape with ruins
  • 61B2(GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von)11(+55) historical person (GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von) - historical person (GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von) portrayed alone (+ full length portrait)
  • 48C93 portrait of a writer
  • 31A2364 lying on one side, with uplifted upper part of the body and leaning on the arm
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01.02.2023