Portrait of the Baroness of Bernus, Philipp Veit
Philipp Veit
Portrait of the Baroness of Bernus
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Philipp Veit

Portrait of the Baroness of Bernus, 1838


Dimensions
128.6 x 97.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1798
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

A fashionably dressed young lady of Frankfurt's best society is posing as a model for the director of the Städel. Marie du Fay, who had married the senator, businessman and art collector Franz von Bernus at the age of seventeen, is shown here as a sensitive, sylphlike beauty. Veit expertly elaborated on the details of the different textures of her clothing. Both the intricate plaited hairstyle and the late-Gothic ornamentation of the wall design are indications of the fascination of the Romantics with the Middle Ages. The Bernus family maintained an important salon in Frankfurt, in which many intellectuals, musicians and painters met.

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Title
Portrait of the Baroness of Bernus
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten links: 18 PSV 38 (PSV ligiert)

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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  • 61BB2(BERNUS, Marie (Freifrau))11(+54) historical person (BERNUS, Marie (Freifrau)) - BB - woman - historical person (BERNUS, Marie (Freifrau)) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 31AA235(+4) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ three-quarter view)
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20.08.2019