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Mercury and Battus
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Mercury and Battus, ca. 1610 – 1620


Dimensions
12.6 x 16.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
1676
Acquisition
Acquired in 1922 as bequest by Fanny Herxheimer, née Livingston
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 10

Texts

About the Acquisition

Family Löwenstein left for America, to then return to Frankfurt in 1870 as the millionaires Livingstone. Their daughter Rose Livingston (1860–1914), who remained unmarried throughout her life, established the Rose Livingston Foundation in 1913 with a donation of several million, for an old people’s home for educated ladies of different classes. Like her sister Fanny, she bequeathed parts of her art collection to the Städel. Among them were several landscape paintings by one of her friends: the Frankfurt painter Wilhelm Steinhausen.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Mercury and Battus
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1922 as bequest by Fanny Herxheimer, née Livingston

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 2. Buch, Battus, 676-707

Iconclass

Primary
  • 92B5422 Mercury and Battus; Battus is bribed with a heifer as hush-money
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
...
Fanny Herxheimer, geb. Livingston (1853-1922), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1922.

Information

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Last update

01.02.2023