Shepherd Struck by Lightning, Jakob Becker
Jakob Becker
Shepherd Struck by Lightning
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Jakob Becker

Shepherd Struck by Lightning, 1844


Dimensions
121.5 x 185.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
910
Acquisition
Purchased in 1844
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 5

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About the Work

This painting is one of Jakob Becker’s main works. He was a professor at the Städelschule and carefully prepared this piece with numerous sketches and studies. A shepherd who was apparently struck by lightning is at the centre of the dramatic scene, surrounded by his flock and by horrified field workers. In the background, the tree is bright ablaze with fire. A farmer points to the sky to indicate the cause of death and to also warn of the divine powers. Becker’s composition is reminiscent of religious depictions. Thus, the shepherd held by his companions resembles corpus Christi, wept over by his mother.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Shepherd Struck by Lightning
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten, etwas rechts von der Mitte: Becker v. Worms 1844

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Purchased in 1844

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 26E22 accidents with lightning
  • 31E228 death caused by effects of natural surroundings, especially natural catastrophes
  • 31E34 finding a dead person
  • 47I221 herding, herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd, shepherdess, cowherd, etc.
  • 46A14 farmers
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26.01.2023