Self Portrait (?) with his Wife and Symbols of the Christian Faith, Johann Heinrich Roos;   attributed
Johann Heinrich Roos
Self Portrait (?) with his Wife and Symbols of the Christian Faith
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Johann Heinrich Roos

Self Portrait (?) with his Wife and Symbols of the Christian Faith, after 1680


Dimensions
70.4 x 81 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
213
Acquisition
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 1

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In March 1815, the Frankfurt businessman and banker Johann Friedrich Städel bequeathed his entire fortune and art collection to a foundation which was to be named after him: the 'Städelsches Kunstinstitut'. However, he also dedicated the foundation to the citizens of Frankfurt immaterially, wishing it to be an "adornment and of practical use" to Frankfurt's citizenry. He was thus the first ordinary citizen in the German-speaking region to found a public art museum: the present-day Städel Museum. When he died, his collection comprised 476 paintings, some 4,600 drawings, almost 10,000 printed graphics and valuable books.

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07.06.2024