The Great Gallery in the Louvre, Constant Bourgeois
Constant Bourgeois
The Great Gallery in the Louvre
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Constant Bourgeois

The Great Gallery in the Louvre, 1791

385 x 496 mm
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Brown ink and brush over grey pen on ribbed laid paper, #?, with gilt frame
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1206 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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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