Sara Marrel, seated at a table and engaged in embroidery, Johann Andreas Graff
Johann Andreas Graff
Sara Marrel, seated at a table and engaged in embroidery
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Johann Andreas Graff

Sara Marrel, seated at a table and engaged in embroidery, 1658


Blatt
187 x 290 mm
Inventory Number
5744
Object Number
5744 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Johann Andreas Graff, who would later be Maria Sibylla Merian’s husband, was a journeyman in the workshop of Jacob Marrel, Merian’s stepfather, for several years. Here he drew the likeness of her somewhat older stepsister Sara Marrel at her evening embroidery. She appears to be working after a pattern: a sheet of paper spread out over her embroidery frame. Maria Sibylla would go on to publish floral compositions suited and intended for such purposes.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Sara Marrel, seated at a table and engaged in embroidery
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet links mittig (mit der Feder in Schwarz): Hen Jacob Marrells mahlers / Tochter Sara. Ao 1658, / in Ffort von IGraff.; unten rechts: [unleserliche Nummernfolge]
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D15(+4) adult woman (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31AA235(+4) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 41D443 (other forms of) needlework, e.g.: crocheting, knitting, embroidering
  • 41A711 table
  • 48C5151 easel

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Last update

29.07.2022