Portrait of a Man from the City of Emden, Ludolf Backhuysen
Ludolf Backhuysen
Portrait of a Man from the City of Emden
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Ludolf Backhuysen

Portrait of a Man from the City of Emden, ca. 1675 – 1680

58.9 x 44.6 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 1


About the Acquisition

This painting formed part of the collection of the founder, Johann Friedrich Städel (1728-1816), where it was listed in 1816 in the inventory as "peut-être par Lingelbach" ("perhaps by Lingelbach"). However, research into the inventory catalogue of the Dutch paintings at the Städel in 2005 came to the conclusion that the paintings should be attributed to another Dutch painter: the marine artist Ludolf Backhuysen (1630-1708). When portraying the man in the background Backhuysen also depicted a clearly identifiable view of his home town of Emden. We have no knowledge as to why the painting should have once been regarded as the work of Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674). It is possible, however, that the temptation to do so was particularly great in the latter's native town of Frankfurt. After all, Städel did collect the works of a number of Frankfurt painters, from Adam Elsheimer to Abraham Mignon and even Christian Georg Schütz.

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