Mercury and Battus, Adam Elsheimer;  succession
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Mercury and Battus
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Mercury and Battus, 1610 – 1620

12.6 x 16.5 cm
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Oil on copper
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Acquired in 1922 as bequest by Fanny Herxheimer, née Livingston
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 10


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.

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