Portrait of Barbara Thenn (1513-1542), Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children, Wolf Huber;  workshop ?
Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children, Wolf Huber
Portrait of Barbara Thenn (1513-1542)
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Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children
Wolf Huber workshop ?

Portrait of Barbara Thenn (1513-1542), 1516

43.5 x 34.3 x min. 0.9 cm
maximum depth
0.9 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
SG 1013
Acquired in 1940
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 4


About the Work

In 1516 the Salzburg mint master Johann Thenn had portraits painted of three of his children. This picture shows his daughter Barbara in three-quarter profile at the age of about three or four. Her right arm is bent and she is holding what is probably a cherry between her thumb and forefinger. But nothing in the girl's expression gives the impression that she wants to eat the fruit. With the earnestness of a child she is gazing out of the picture to the left. In the background we can see an expanse of water, and on the horizon snow-capped peaks rise above the foothills beneath a slightly cloudy sky.

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Barbara Thenn (1513-1542)
Portraits of the Thenn Children
Part Number / Total
3 / 3
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert auf der oberen Rahmenleiste: 1516 (zwischen Schnörkeln)
Auf der unteren Rahmenleiste: gespiegeltes Wappen der Salzburger Familie Thenn: Wappen: schräg geteilter schwarz-goldener Schild mit springendem Hirsch

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1940

Work Content

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Associated Persons and Institutions



Research and Discussion


Object History
vermutlich im Auftrag Johanns II. Thenn in Salzburg entstanden, 1516
Sammlung Familie Thenn im Gewerkschaftshaus, Hammerau bei Reichenhall, bis 1906
Friedrich Fürst von Hohenzollern (1891-1965), „Fürstliche Hohenzollernsche Sammlung Sigmaringen“
verkauft an das „Konsortium Sammlung Sigmaringen“, Frankfurt am Main, 16.7.1928
verkauft an Franz Koenigs, Köln (1881-1941), 1928
verkauft im Tausch gegen zwei 1938 aus der Sammlung Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, Frankfurt am Main, erworbenen Gemälde (Aert van der Neer, Winterlandschaft und Jan van Goyen, Kanallandschaft) an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Februar 1941
Verbleib in der Sammlung nach Vergleich mit den Erben nach Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, 16. Mai 1949.


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