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
164.0 x 206.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1157
Acquisition
Acquired in 1887 as a gift by Baroness Adèle von Rothschild
Status
On display

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About the Work

“This will make a beautiful painting. Alas, it will be too big for our Nordic housings,” Goethe remarked on this life-size portrait in 1786 in Rome. Wrapped in his travelling coat and resting, he is surrounded by antique finds. His expressive three-quarter profile dominates the composition. His pensive gaze is directed into the distance. This masterpiece of the Städel Museum’s collection lastingly influenced our notion of the poet’s appearance, in spite of certain discrepancies in proportion and the enduring mystery of the two left feet.

About the Donation

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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Goethe in the Roman Campagna
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Oil on canvas
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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
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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04.01.2019