Landscape with the Walk to Emmaus, copy after Johann König
Johann König
Landscape with the Walk to Emmaus
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copy afterJohann König

Landscape with the Walk to Emmaus

10.6 x 18.3 x 0.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest
Not on display


About the Acquisition

This small copper plate was also in the collection of Johann Friedrich Städel (1728−1816). The Frankfurt Adam Elsheimer, to whom it was once ascribed, is one of the decisive figures of German Baroque painting. Art collectors were always looking for his precious copper paintings − but most of them turned out to be copies or student works. According to his list of paintings, Städel rightly considered his work "par un élêve d'Elsheimer".

Work Data

Basic Information

Landscape with the Walk to Emmaus
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Neues Testament, Lukas 24,13-29


  • 73E341 Cleopas and Peter meet Christ (sometimes they are dressed as pilgrims)
  • 22C311 nimbus, halo ~ radiance emanating from persons or things
  • 25H landscapes
  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 46C11 road, path
  • 47I2211 herd, flock
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 25H214 lake
  • 24A21 dusk, evening twilight
  • 26A clouds

Research and Discussion


Object History
Johann Friedrich Städel (1728-1816), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Johann Friedrich Städel, Frankfurt am Main, 1816.


Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

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