In 1516 the Salzburg mint master Johann Thenn had portraits painted of three of his children. This picture shows his son Ruprecht, who was about four at the time, in three-quarter profile and posing as a falconer. His left hand is raised and holds a small white fabric bag, the falconer's lure. Perched on his gloved right hand, though, is not a bird of prey, but a harmless sparrow. Around his neck, the child is wearing a coral chain with a golden medallion showing the figure of a saint, probably a pilgrim's badge. In the background can be seen an Alpine landscape with snow-capped mountains beneath an almost cloudless sky.
Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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