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

308 x 455 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1843
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, stairway


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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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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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