Jan Hus at Constance, Carl Friedrich Lessing
Carl Friedrich Lessing
Jan Hus at Constance
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Carl Friedrich Lessing

Jan Hus at Constance, 1842


Dimensions
308.0 x 455.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
901
Acquisition
Acquired in 1843
Status
On display

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About the Work

This painting divided the contemporaries: the verdicts ranged from “crown of all paintings” to “sound recommendation for moths and bugs”. It shows the preacher Jan Hus defending his teachings at the Council of Constance in 1415. This glorification of religious opposition exceeded the tolerance of the first Städel director, Philipp Veit. Enraged by the acquisition of the painting, he resigned. Lessing’s painting provoked strong reactions during the politically volatile era of 1815 to 1848. A great number of people felt the work foreboded the revolutionary events of 1848.

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  • 01:36
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  • KunstIStück – Carl Friedrich Lessing: Johann Hus zu Konstanz
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Carl Friedrich Lessing: Johann Hus zu Konstanz, 1842, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/johann-hus-zu-konstanz#yt

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Title
Jan Hus at Constance
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten links: C. F. L. 1842.

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1843

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  • 61B2(HUSS,Jan)21 historical person (HUSS,Jan) - scene directly related with life or life-story (HUSS,Jan)
  • 61A(1415) historical events and situations (1415)
  • 11P164 the Roman Catholic Church vs. Protestantism; (Reformation and Counter Reformation)
  • 11P443 inquisition
  • 11P3112 cardinal
  • 11P3113 archbishop, bishop, etc. (Roman Catholic)
  • 11P3114 prelates, e.g. archdeacon, canon (Roman Catholic)
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 31A231 standing figure
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20.08.2019