Städel’s Legacy:

Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
13 MAY TO 16 AUGUST

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Städel’s Legacy: Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
13 MAY TO 16 AUGUST 2020
Exhibition Hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings

With the bequest of his private art collection, the businessman and banker Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816) founded a public art museum of international stature, accessible to all – the Städel Museum. The collector left behind an art treasure encompassing not only paintings and prints but also more than 4,600 drawings. For a long time, it was not possible to determine which of the drawings in the museum’s present-day holdings were originally in his collection. At the time of the bequest, no complete inventory was compiled. Furthermore, in the course the collection’s reorganization in the 1860s, many drawings were sorted out and sold. For the first time, the Städel Museum has now succeeded in reconstructing the founder’s drawing collection to a large extent, and identifying the roughly 3,000 works still in the collection today. From 13 May to 16 August 2020, the Städel Museum is presenting a selection of 95 master drawings providing a representative impression of the character, organization and artistic significance of the former drawing collection of Johann Friedrich Städel. Following the founder’s tradition, the outstanding works by Raphael, Correggio and Primaticcio, Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, Dürer, Roos and Reinhart, Goltzius, Rembrandt, De Wit and many others are here arranged according to “European schools”. They are moreover discussed in detail in an accompanying catalogue. A portion of these drawings are already known among scholars; others are here being published for the first time.

Curator: Joachim Jacoby
With support from: Stiftung Gabriele Busch-Hauck, Wolfgang Ratjen Stiftung, Tavolozza Foundation, Georg und Franziska Speyer’sche Hochschulstiftung

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Raphael (1483–1520)
Caryatid, ca. 1520
Chalk on laid paper
330 × 144 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

Raphael, Caryatid, ca. 1520

Francesco Primaticcio (1504–1570)
Dance of the Hours, ca. 1547–1548
Red chalk on paper
358 × 335 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

Francesco Primaticcio, Dance of the Hours, ca. 1547–1548

Giulio Romano (1492/1499–1546)
Cephalus Grieves for Procris, ca. 1530
Pen on laid paper
326 × 563 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

Giulio Romano, Cephalus Grieves for Procris, ca. 1530

Giorgio Fuentes (1756–1821)
Design for stage set with Indian temple, ca. 1796/1800
Pen and brush on laid paper
259 × 354 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

Giorgio Fuentes, Design for stage set with Indian temple, ca. 1796/1800

Claude Lorrain (1605/05–1682)
Landscape with a Round Tower and Bay, 1635–1640
Pen on laid paper
150 × 218 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

Claude Lorrain,Landscape with a Round Tower and Bay, 1635–1640

Augustin Félix Fortin (1763–1832) Travelers Find Two Bodies in an Egyptian Burial Chamber, 1790 Pen and brush on laid paper 297 × 388 mm Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © Städel Museum

Augustin Félix Fortin, Travelers Find Two Bodies in an Egyptian Burial Chamber, 1790

Wilhelm von Kobell (1766–1853)
The Postillion riding home in the fog, ca. 1798
pen and watercolor on paper
399 × 494 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

Wilhelm von Kobell, The Postillion Riding Home in the Fog, ca. 1798

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Man with lion, 1517
Black chalk on laid paper
146 × 198 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum

Albrecht Dürer, Seated Naked Man with a Lion, 1517

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)
Seated Old Man (The Drunken Lot)
Chalk on laid paper
253 × 189 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Seated Old Man (The Drunken Lot), ca. 1630–1633

Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617)
Four Studies of a Right Hand, ca. 1588–1589
Chalk on paper
309 × 207 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Städel Museum, Photo: U. Edelmann

Hendrick Goltzius, Four Studies of a Right Hand, ca. 1588–1589

Exhibition view Städel’s Legacy. Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view Städel’s Legacy. Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection

Exhibition view Städel’s Legacy. Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view Städel’s Legacy. Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection

Exhibition view Städel’s Legacy. Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view Städel’s Legacy. Master Drawings from the Founder’s Collection
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