Portrait of a Young Woman, Ernst Deger
Ernst Deger
Portrait of a Young Woman
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Ernst Deger

Portrait of a Young Woman, 1835


Dimensions
44.5 x 38.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1184
Acquisition
Acquired in 1890 as a bequest from Charlotte Schnaase
Status
On display

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About the Work

An angelic face: the girl in historical garments lowers her gaze demurely, her reddish-brown curls gently framing her countenance. With depictions of religious themes and idealised portraits, Deger satisfied the tastes of the art market early on in his career. Initially training in Berlin, in 1829 the artist – who was influenced by Wilhelm Schadow – changed to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He is considered one of the Düsseldorf Nazarenes, who drew from Italian Renaissance painting and the Early German masters in their endeavour to renew Christian art.

About the Donation

The widow of the art writer Karl Schnaase, who died in Wiesbaden in 1875, bequeathed this painting by Ernst Deger to the Städel in 1890. Like the artist, the trained jurist Schnaase had been living in Düsseldorf since 1829. Both strove for the renewal of Christian art. For them, religion was “the true core of the popular spirit”. Consequently, the influential autodidact was among the founders of the ‘Christliche Kunstblatt’ in 1858.

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Title
Portrait of a Young Woman
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: E. DEGER / 18 Düßeldorf 35

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1890 as a bequest from Charlotte Schnaase

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  • 61BB111(+52) anonymous historical person portrayed alone - BB - woman (+ (full) bust portrait)
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 31B6212 looking downwards
  • 11D121 cross as symbol of Christ
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20.08.2019