Portrait of Jakob Stralenberger, Martin Kaldenbach
Martin Kaldenbach
Portrait of Jakob Stralenberger
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Martin Kaldenbach

Portrait of Jakob Stralenberger, 1506

40.8 x 28.1 x min. 0.5 cm
maximum depth
0.5 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1923 as a bequest from Adolph von Holzhausen
On loan


About the Acquisition

For almost 700 years, from 1245 until 1923, the Holzhausens were one of Frankfurt's most important patrician families and prominent members of the Imperial City's town council. More than thirty members of the family served as mayor on some seventy occasions. Until about 1500 the family were merchants on a large scale, but then concentrated on administering their country property and feudal lands. The death of Adolph Freiherr von Holzhausen (1866-1923) marked the end of the older branch of the family on the male side. He bequeathed to the Städel the ancestral portrait gallery of Frankfurt's Holzhausen family, which dated back to the time of the Renaissance. The portrait collection exhibits the particular charm of an ancestral gallery that has been maintained over many generations.

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Jakob Stralenberger
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet und datiert auf dem Schiebedeckel: Jacob Stralnburger war also gestalt / Do er was . xxxvii jar alt: / ANNO.M.D.VI:

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1923 as a bequest from Adolph von Holzhausen

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 61B2(STRALENBERGER, Jakob)11(+522) historical person (STRALENBERGER, Jakob) - historical person (STRALENBERGER, Jakob) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 31AA2516 arm or hand held in front of the body - AA - both arms or hands

Research and Discussion


Object History
Adolph Freiherr von Holzhausen (1866-1923), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1923.


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