Half-length Portrait of a Young Man, French Master ca. 1550/1600
French Master ca. 1550/1600
Half-length Portrait of a Young Man
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French Master ca. 1550/1600

Half-length Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1570 – 1590

36.5 x 27.1 x 0.8 cm
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Oak wood
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Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 1


About the Acquisition

In March 1815, the Frankfurt businessman and banker Johann Friedrich Städel bequeathed his entire fortune and art collection to a foundation which was to be named after him: the 'Städelsches Kunstinstitut'. However, he also dedicated the foundation to the citizens of Frankfurt immaterially, wishing it to be an "adornment and of practical use" to Frankfurt's citizenry. He was thus the first ordinary citizen in the German-speaking region to found a public art museum: the present-day Städel Museum. When he died, his collection comprised 476 paintings, some 4,600 drawings, almost 10,000 printed graphics and valuable books.

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