Portrait of Anna Cossmann before Ca d’Oro in Venice, Karl von Pidoll
Karl von Pidoll
Portrait of Anna Cossmann before Ca d’Oro in Venice
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Portrait of Anna Cossmann before Ca d’Oro in Venice, 1894


Dimensions
72.3 x 50.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on wood
Inventory Number
1365
Acquisition
Acquired in 1901 as a gift from Leopold Sonnemann, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

The richly ornamented facade of the Venetian palazzo glowing in warm gold makes the severe profile appear cool and aloof. The portrait is of Anna Cossmann, the thirty-two-year-old daughter of the Weimar cellist Bernhard Cossmann. It is structured in the style of a Renaissance likeness. The painter was a pupil of Hans von Marées, one of the Germans in Rome, who was strongly influenced by Italian art. The contrast and the overlap of the daughter’s sharp contours with the planar and detailed facade emphasise the pride and confidence exuded by the portrayed person.

About the Donation

The journalist, publisher, politician and patron of the arts Leopold Sonnemann (1831–1909) was one of the founding members of the Städelscher Museums-Verein in 1899. This association created the first means by which the citizens of Frankfurt could support the museum collectively. To this day, the Museums-Verein is one of the collection’s mainstays. Sonnemann, publisher of the leading liberal newspaper ‘Frankfurter Zeitung’, donated this portrait to the association two years after its founding.

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Title
Portrait of Anna Cossmann before Ca d’Oro in Venice
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Oil on wood
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet oben rechts auf einem Schild an der Hauswand: KvP / 894

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1901 as a gift from Leopold Sonnemann, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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06.01.2020