Portrait of Wolf (?) Thenn (1507-1538), Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children, Wolf Huber;  workshop ?
Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children, Wolf Huber
Portrait of Wolf (?) Thenn (1507-1538)
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Master of the Portraits of the Thenn Children
Wolf Huber workshop ?

Portrait of Wolf (?) Thenn (1507-1538), 1516

46.7 x 36.2 x min. 0.8 cm
maximum depth
0.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
SG 736
Acquired in 1939
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 4


About the Work

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Portrait of Wolf (?) Thenn (1507-1538)
Portraits of the Thenn Children
Part Number / Total
2 / 3
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert 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 1939

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 41D221(CAP) head-gear: cap
  • 25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone)
  • 46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat

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 Richard Merton (1881-1960), Frankfurt am Main, 1928
verkauft an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1939
Rückerstattungsanspruch Richard Merton, 1946
Verbleib in der Sammlung nach Vertrag mit Richard Merton und der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Dezember 1948.


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