Path through the Dunes, Jan van Goyen
Jan van Goyen
Path through the Dunes
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Jan van Goyen

Path through the Dunes, 1629


Dimensions
31.8 x 56.9 x min. 0.3 cm
maximum depth
0.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
1271
Acquisition
Acquired in 1895 as a gift from Josephine and Anton Brentano
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The area around Haarlem, Leiden and The Hague was famous for its vast dune landscapes. People even came from bustling Amsterdam in search of rest, diversion and spectacular views. A horseman has come to a halt in Jan van Goyen’s dune. Like many of his fellow painters, van Goyen liked to depict his native countryside. This painting represents a turning point within his oeuvre: beginning in 1629, he reduced his palette increasingly. The earth tones of ochre and brown, along with a little green, sufficed for the painterly effects he wanted to achieve.

About the Acquisition

When she married the Frankfurt citizen Franz Brentano in about 1800, noblewoman Antonia Josepha Edle von Birckenstock brought with her the famous art collection of her aristocratic father, Johann Melchior Ritter und Edler von Birckenstock. The Brentano-Birckenstock collection became one of the largest private art galleries in Frankfurt. Their daughter Josephine Brentano (1804-1879) married the Frankfurt merchant and chairman of the civic assembly Anton Theodor Brentano-Toccia (1809-1895). In 1870 the Städel acquired by auction some famous paintings from the Brentano-Birckenstock collection. This was followed in 1895 by an extensive donation. According to the inventory of art objects drawn up at the time, the small-format Baroque paintings mostly hung in the dining room of the Brentanos.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Path through the Dunes
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten rechts: VG 1629 (VG ligiert) (?alt)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1895 as a gift from Josephine and Anton Brentano

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 25H1321 dunes (sea not visible); in the dunes
  • 46C11 road, path
  • 46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman
  • 26A clouds
Secondary
  • 41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat
  • 41D212 coat, cape
  • 41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket
  • 46C1211 carrying something in basket, bag, rucksack, etc.
  • 25G11 groups of trees
  • 25I22 prospect of village, silhouette of village
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20.05.2020