The son of the Salzburg mint master Johann Thenn is portrayed here in three-quarter profile. Wolf Thenn is about seven to ten years old and has adopted the role of a young scholar. His right arm is bent and his thumb splayed as he grasps the seam of his gown. The boy's costume is elaborate, and a black cap with a small peak and extended neck protector covers most of his hair. The landscape in the background begins with a grassy slope. Behind it flows a wide river on which a sailing boat can be seen. Beyond the river bank, our gaze falls on a snowy Alpine mountain chain beneath a bright blue 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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