The drawing on view here was once in the collection of Johann Friedrich Städel, who was familiar with Piazzetta’s drawings through the widely circulated engraved reproductions by Marco Pitteri and Giovanni Cattini. Yet Städel may also have been inspired to purchase this work by his familiarity with the altarpiece Piazzetta executed in 1735 for the Church of the German Order in Sachsenhausen. He could well have seen the latter work in its original setting before it was carried off to Paris in 1796 as war booty.
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”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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