Landscape with the Prophet Balaam and his donkey, Joseph Anton Koch
Joseph Anton Koch
Landscape with the Prophet Balaam and his donkey
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Joseph Anton Koch: Landschaft mit Bileam, ca. 1832-1836, Öl auf Leinwand, Inv.-Nr. Gm1746, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg

Joseph Anton Koch

Landscape with the Prophet Balaam and his donkey, ca. 1832

74.0 x 102.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

Work Data

Basic Information

Landscape with the Prophet Balaam and his donkey
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet recto unten links: I.K.

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Numeri 22,21-23


  • 71E3314 an angel holding a sword bars the way and causes Balaam's ass to turn aside; the angel is invisible to Balaam
  • 71E33141 Balaam strikes his ass, whereupon the ass lies down and starts to speak
  • 25H11 mountains

Research and Discussion


Object History
Joseph Anton Koch (1768-1839), Rom
verkauft zusammen mit dem Gemälde Der Raub des Hylas durch Vermittlung von Legationsrat August Kestner (1777-1853) in Rom an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 28. Dezember 1832
Verlust am Auslagerungsort Amorbach, 18. April 1945
Rückgabe aus amerikanischem Privatbesitz, 2018.


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