Portrait of Ruprecht Thenn (1512-1545), Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children, Wolf Huber;  workshop ?
Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children, Wolf Huber
Portrait of Ruprecht Thenn (1512-1545)
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Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children
Wolf Huber workshop ?

Portrait of Ruprecht Thenn (1512-1545), 1516

43.1 x 33.9 x min. 0.8 cm
maximum depth
0.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
SG 450
Acquired in 1928
Not on display


About the Work

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Ruprecht Thenn (1512-1545)
Portraits of the Thenn Children
Part Number / Total
1 / 3
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert auf der oberen Rahmenleiste: ·1516·
Auf der unteren Rahmenleiste 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 1928

Work Content

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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 die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1928.


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