Sketch for the ceiling fresco in the Capella d'Eleonora di Toledo, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Agnolo Bronzino
Agnolo Bronzino
Sketch for the ceiling fresco in the Capella d'Eleonora di Toledo, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
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Agnolo Bronzino: Deckenausmalung der Cappella d'Eleonora di Toledo, ca. 1540/1541, Deckenfresko, 490 x 385 cm. Palazzo Vecchio, Cappella d'Eleonora di Toledo, Florenz

Agnolo Bronzino

Sketch for the ceiling fresco in the Capella d'Eleonora di Toledo, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, ca. 1539 – 1540


Blatt
345 x 261 mm
Physical Description
Grey ink and brush in light-brown over black pen, brown washes, highlighted with white, framing line with brush in black on all sides, on ribbed paper primed in blue-grey, distance of chain lines (vertical) |39|29|29|39|
Inventory Number
4344
Object Number
4344 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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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.

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Sketch for the ceiling fresco in the Capella d'Eleonora di Toledo, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
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Physical Description
Grey ink and brush in light-brown over black pen, brown washes, highlighted with white, framing line with brush in black on all sides, on ribbed paper primed in blue-grey, distance of chain lines (vertical) |39|29|29|39|
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Verso bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsbogen oben mittig (mit schwarzem Stift [Grafit?]): Ec. Romaine | Lit. P; mittig: Julio Romano. Plafond | pour un Cabinet de Medici | a Florence; unten (mit der Feder in Braun): N° 11. Giulio Romano; darunter (mit schwarzem Stift [Kreide?]): Ecole Romaine L: N° 1.
Verso auf dem Montierungsbogen unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
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Work Catalogues
  • Bambach 2010.118.23

Property and Acquisition

Institution
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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11G31 the Archangel Michael fighting the dragon (devil, Satan)
  • 11H(FRANCIS)59 stigmatization of St. Francis of Assisi: in retreat on Mount Alverna, he beholds a vision of Christ on the cross enveloped by wings (like a seraph with six wings); rays passing down to the body of the kneeling saint form the marks of the five wounds of ...
  • 11H(JEROME)36 St. Jerome as penitent in the desert, half naked, kneeling before a crucifix and holding a stone in his hand to beat his breast; a skull (and other 'Vanitas' symbols), sometimes a scorpion and a snake beside him
  • 11H(JOHN)12 St. John the Evangelist writing the Gospel, usually the eagle present
Secondary

Research and Discussion

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Historic Attribution

Provenance

Object History
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Guillaume Jean Constantin (1755–1816), Paris
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.

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  • 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

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25.11.2021