Portrait of Carl Justinian von Holzhausen, German Master of the Last Quarter of the 18th Century
German Master of the Last Quarter of the 18th Century
Portrait of Carl Justinian von Holzhausen
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German Master of the Last Quarter of the 18th Century

Portrait of Carl Justinian von Holzhausen, after 1781


Dimensions
35.7 x 29.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard, oval
Inventory Number
1709
Acquisition
Acquired in 1923 as bequest of Adolph Freiherr von Holzhausen
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 19

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About the Work

In the days before it was possible to reproduce family portraits by photographic means, painted and printed copies provided completeness and substitutes in the portrait galleries of wealthy aristocratic and upper-class families. This copy of Hofnaas’s Portrait of Carl Justinian von Holzhausen (1750–1793) will also have served that function. For generations, the von Holzhausens—an old-established line of Frankfurt patricians—had themselves immortalized in portraits to preserve the memory of their family members. Here the copyist departed from the original by dressing his subject in a double-breasted green coat and omitting the black hat under his arm. He replicated the details of the furnishings precisely, however, and scaled them down to fit into the oval format.

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Portrait of Carl Justinian von Holzhausen
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Oil on cardboard, oval
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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1923 as bequest of Adolph Freiherr von Holzhausen

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10.04.2024