The Thousand-Year-Old Oak, Carl Friedrich Lessing
Carl Friedrich Lessing
The Thousand-Year-Old Oak
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Carl Friedrich Lessing

The Thousand-Year-Old Oak, 1837


Dimensions
123.0 x 165.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1011
Acquisition
Acquired as a gift from the heirs of Friedrich John
Status
Not on display

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About the Acquisition

The subsequent entry in the inventory is very moving: "John had often commented during his lifetime that he wanted to bequeath this picture to the Institute. Since he had made no provisions for after his death, his heirs have voluntarily complied with his wish." Not only his heirs: Friedrich John himself seems to have been actively engaged in art and culture. Together with the Städel director Johann David Passavant, for example, he was a member of the committee for the erection of the Goethe memorial in Frankfurt, which was inaugurated in 1844.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Thousand-Year-Old Oak
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert unten, etwas links von der Mitte, auf einem Stein am Bachufer: C. F. L. 1837.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired as a gift from the heirs of Friedrich John

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 25G3(OAK) trees: oak
  • 25H151 deciduous forest
  • 42D3 marriage, married couple, 'matrimonium'
  • 31A233(+2) kneeling figure (+ back view)
  • 31AA233(+2) kneeling figure - AA - female human figure (+ back view)
  • 11Q2 (private) prayer; 'Oratione', 'Preghiere', 'Preghiere a Dio' (Ripa)
Secondary
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Last update

18.05.2022