Shepherd and Shepherdess with their Flock at a Well, Adriaen van de Velde
Adriaen van de Velde
Shepherd and Shepherdess with their Flock at a Well
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Adriaen van de Velde

Shepherd and Shepherdess with their Flock at a Well, 1668


Dimensions
20.5 x 26.0 x min. 0.6 cm
maximum depth
1.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
165
Acquisition
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest
Status
Not on display

Texts

About the Acquisition

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Shepherd and Shepherdess with their Flock at a Well
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert auf dem Brunnenbecken: A. V Velde. f 1668

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1816 with the founder’s bequest

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown

Iconclass

Primary
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 44E14 utilitarian, public pump or water fountain
Secondary

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
...
Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Johann Friedrich Städel, 1816.

Information

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 type of acquisition and/or the way the object changed hands
  • the owner's name and place of residence
  • the date on which it changed hands

The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.

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25.11.2021