Virgin and Child, Dieric Bouts the Elder;  and workshop
Dieric Bouts the Elder
Virgin and Child
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Dieric Bouts the Elder and workshop

Virgin and Child, ca. 1475


Dimensions
31.3 x 22.2 x 0.9 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
1217
Acquisition
Acquired in 1892 as a bequest from Moritz Gontard
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Acquisition

Having fled from France in 1689 for religious reasons, the Calvinist Gontard family soon rose to wealth and honour in its new home town of Frankfurt: the Gontards were ennobled as "Imperial Knight of the Holy Roman Empire, Lord von Gontard". Their city mansion, 'Zum weißen Hirsch', lay in Großer Hirschgraben in the neighbourhood of those of the Goethe and Passavant families. The merchant and art collector Moritz von Gontard (1826-1886) was chairman of the five-man administrative committee of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut for many years until his death. Gontard made a gift to the museum on two occasions: once for the opening of the new building in Schaumainkai, completed in 1878, which he took as an opportunity to present the museum with Lucas Cranach's 'Venus'. Eight years later Moritz von Gontard died and bequeathed his art collection to the Städel. On 28 April 1887 the official press of Prussia confirmed that it was permissible to accept the bequest: "The Administration of the Städelsches Kunst-Institut in Frankfurt am Main has been granted permission by the territorial lord to receive the 33 paintings with an approximate total value of 103,000 M which were bequeathed by the deceased merchant Friedrich Moritz Gontard in his last will and testament." The collection mainly contained works of Dutch and Flemish Baroque painting.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Virgin and Child
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1892 as a bequest from Moritz Gontard

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F4113 Mary standing (or half-length), the Christ-child in front of her, close to her bosom; lying
  • 11F7261 'ablactatio'; Christ not drinking, Mary's breast bare ~ Madonna-representations
Secondary

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Last update

19.01.2022