Jacob’s Dream, Adam Elsheimer
Adam Elsheimer
Jacob’s Dream
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Adam Elsheimer

Jacob’s Dream, ca. 1600


Dimensions
19.5 x 26.1 x 0.05 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
2136
Acquisition
Acquired in 1978 with funds provided by the Federal Republic of Germany
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

Texts

About the Acquisition

Robert von Hirsch (1883-1977), the head of the Offenbacher Lederfabrik, had collected works from Dürer to Picasso in his house at Bockenheimer Landstraße. Until his emigration to Basel in 1933, his home was a popular meeting place for Frankfurt's art lovers. In 1977 von Hirsch bequeathed to the museum an Old Italian painting in memory of the former Städel director Georg Swarzenski. He also decided that "after his death the entire collection should be offered to art lovers and collectors in a major auction". In June 1978 his collection, which included all genres, was auctioned at Sotheby's in London. The Federal Republic of Germany and the Städelsches Kunstinstitut jointly acquired 'Jacob's Dream' by Adam Elsheimer.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Jacob’s Dream
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, gemeinsames Eigentum mit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1978 with funds provided by the Federal Republic of Germany

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Genesis 28,11-12

Iconclass

Primary
  • 71C3121 the dream of Jacob: while sleeping on the ground with a stone for pillow Jacob sees a ladder reaching from earth to heaven with angels going up and down; usually with God at the top of the ladder
Secondary

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25.11.2021