Village Musicians, Johann Conrad Seekatz
Johann Conrad Seekatz
Village Musicians
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Preliminary drawing

Johann Conrad Seekatz: Vorzeichnung, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln, Inv. Nr. Z 3703

Johann Conrad Seekatz

Village Musicians, ca. 1764

28.5 x 44.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, cut and lined, edges taped on all sides
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1922 as a gift by Fanny Herxheimer, neé Livingston
Not on display


About the Acquisition

Family Löwenstein left for America, to then return to Frankfurt in 1870 as the millionaires Livingstone. Their daughter Rose Livingston (1860–1914), who remained unmarried throughout her life, established the Rose Livingston Foundation in 1913 with a donation of several million, for an old people’s home for educated ladies of different classes. Like her sister Fanny, she bequeathed parts of her art collection to the Städel. Among them were several landscape paintings by one of her friends: the Frankfurt painter Wilhelm Steinhausen.

Work Data

Basic Information

Village Musicians
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas, cut and lined, edges taped on all sides
Label at the Time of Manufacture

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1922 as a gift by Fanny Herxheimer, neé Livingston

Work Content


  • 25I2 village
  • 48CC72 musician - CC - out of doors
  • 48C756 popular music, street music
  • 48C75 making music; musician with instrument
  • 46A14 farmers
  • 46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife

Research and Discussion


Object History
Fanny Herxheimer, geb. Livingston (1853-1922), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1922.


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