Portrait of the Frankfurt Banker Johann Georg Leerse, Jean-Marc Nattier
Jean-Marc Nattier
Portrait of the Frankfurt Banker Johann Georg Leerse
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Portrait of the Frankfurt Banker Johann Georg Leerse, 1749


Dimensions
81.2 x 65.2 cm
Physical Description
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Inventory Number
1207
Acquisition
Acquired in 1892 as a bequest from Jakob Philipp Nikolaus Manskopf
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 17

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About the Acquisition

When Jakob Philipp Nikolaus Leerse of Frankfurt, known as Manskopf, died in 1892, his family agreed that the Städel should receive three portraits of his ancestors as a gift. In 1905, however, a conflict of interest arose between the descendants and the administration over these portraits by the French painter Nattier. The family felt that any copying or reproduction of these much-loved paintings showed a “lack of respect for the portrait subjects”. It was not until 1928 that, by mutual agreement, a postcard reproduction was printed and sold.

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07.06.2024