Skizzenbuch, Ludwig Metz
Ludwig Metz
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Ludwig Metz

Skizzenbuch, 1872 – 1881

Buchblock mit Einband
159 x 106 x 7 mm
Buchblock ohne Einband
154 x 101 x 4 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in half cloth book covers, boards covered with marbled paper ("agate marble")
Inventory Number
SG 2747
Object Number
SG 2747 Z
Acquired in 1942
Not on display


About the Work

Ludwig Metz brought this sketchbook with him twice: on one of his first study trips to Italy in 1872, where he visited Spoleto and Civita Castellana, among other places, and then crossed over to Corfu and returned to Orvieto via Brindisi. The sketches of the ruins of Münzenberg Castle on pages 10 and 11 have likely been made between this and the next trip to Italy and Corfu. A brief ten years later, in the winter of 1881, Metz returned to Italy, sketched in Gargnano, Sirmione and other places on Lake Garda, then travelled to Urbino, Spoleto, Nottuno and from Brindisi to Corfu again. The drawings from both journeys are largely done with quick strokes, mostly in landscape format, for which Metz rotated the booklet by 90 degrees. With only a few exceptions, he mostly left the opposite page blank. Only towards the end of the sketchbook do the drawings start to be packed more closely together, perhaps due to a lack of space. During both journeys and in pencil, Metz documented mainly landscapes with medieval ruins, which he probably captured standing in nature while holding the sketchbook in one hand, considering their quick realisation and perspective. The curled page texture found in the second half of the book, which is typical for intermittent moistening and drying, suggests that the drawings on these pages were probably moistened by light rain.

For a full sketchbook description, please see “Research”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove paper, in half cloth book covers, boards covered with marbled paper ("agate marble")
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Notizen des Künstlers im Buch
Captions Added Later
Auf dem vorderen Spiegel Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1942

Research and Discussion


Description / Content
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