Landscape before a Thunderstorm, Johann Franciscus Ermels
Johann Franciscus Ermels
Landscape before a Thunderstorm
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Johann Franciscus Ermels

Landscape before a Thunderstorm, 1665 – 1670

40.7 x 55.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1817 as a bequest from Johann Georg Grambs
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 18


  • Gastkommentar: Kunst und Wissenschaft mit Präsident der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Martin Stratmann
    Was sieht der Präsident der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in den Werken der Städel Sammlung? In diesem Gastkommentar eröffnet Martin Stratmann seine individuelle Sichtweise auf die Kunstwerke im Städel Museum. Er schaut sich Johann Franciscus Ermels "Landschaft bei abziehendem Gewitter (ca. 1660 - 1670) an und Jan van Goyens "Das Haarlemer Meer" (1656). Mehr Infos unter: Die Werke in unserer Digitalen Sammlung Johann Franciscus Ermels, Landschaft bei abziehendem Gewitter (ca. 1660 - 1670): Jan van Goyen, Das Haarlemer Meer (1656):

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Basic Information

Landscape before a Thunderstorm
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1817 as a bequest from Johann Georg Grambs

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 25H landscapes
  • 26E thunderstorm
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.
  • 47I2211 herd, flock
  • 25H11 mountains
  • 25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Johann Georg Grambs (Städel-Administrator
1756-1817), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1817.


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