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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseFrankfurt s Art Institute most men want to see the fruits of their ambition but not Johann Friedrich staedel. This native of Frank Furt Germany had other , born in 1728, led a successful life and a Long one. He lived to be 90.and being a wealthy banker merchant he undoubtedly enjoyed the better things of his time especially Art and culture. A he prospered he filled his Home with books drawings sketches and paintings. He accumulated More than500 paintings most of them modest in value. With few exceptions his collection was from the dutch school of the 17th and 18th centuries but by no mean was it outstanding. Staedel was not an Art connoisseur and he did t claim to be. He is How Ever credited with doing More than any other Frankfurt citizen to promote the development of Art in his Home town. Goethe called him the Deari of ail genuine friends of Art living Here Frankfurt s s t a e d e 1 museum which displays a Fine collection of some 700 paintings is a fitting Monument to this far sighted businessman. A Sample of the collection is on these s great ambition was to have Frankfurt s people appreciate Art. So upon his death in 1816, he gave his col Lection to the made the gift unusual was that staedel s will left the paintings and substantial sum of Money estimated to be More than $1 million to establish an Art Institute for the Benefit of Frankfurt citizens. To keep City fathers who might Haven appreciation for Art from meddling staedel stipulated that the Institute Wasto be guided by an administration of five honorable citizens. This was to in sure that the Board would have a free hand in the Choice of purchases an exhibits. He picked the first Board of governors , because the Institute was to be owned by the people As Well As for them he made the administration responsible to the Public by having a annual bookkeeping audit by a City of his own artistic limitations staedel s will permitted the Board to eliminate All paintings of inferior qual Ity including any from is own collection. Then to get the project under Way he willed his entire Fortune to the Institute. Today such bequests Are not unusual but in staedel s time when Only Royalty made these civic gestures his patronage created quite a juror. Distant relatives sued unsuccessfully for 11years to break the will in what was one of the great lawsuits of the time staedel s generosity rubbed off on later generations of Frankfurt Institute has been enhanced by Art Page 12 by John Korn staff writer contributions and Money from friends fart who followed stae Ders Lead. Nearly All the 700 paintings on exhibit came from a few collections but some were procured by nifty horse trading on the part of the directors. Styles Range from baroque to modern and cover eight centuries of Art. The oldest piece is a 13th Century work an the latest a 1960 Picasso nude was bought just last most of the older paintings originally decorated altars or altar decorations Hung elsewhere in churches and monasteries the religious theme dominates that part of the Institute s col include the great altar painting by Moretto an altar sketch by Rubens altdorfer s the King s Adora Tion a Madonna by Jan Van Eyck an the famous Paradies Haertlein Garden of Paradise of an upper rhenish master painted in 1410. A collection of modern Art Vangogh Munch Gauguin Braque Picasso and German artists of the period was assembled in the Early 1900s. Much of this however was confiscated and. Sol abroad by the nazis during their Campaign against decadent Art in 1937. Another Small collection of Moder Nart has been built up by the present director prof. Ernst Holzinger including some of the pieces removed in 1937, so the entire collection is again in bal Ance. In the 150 years since the staedel Art Institute opened on Rossmark much has been accomplished. The museum now housed in a building of its own design on the Schu Mankai on the Southbank of the main River along with the municipal Art gallery arts and Craft museum and the museum of sculpture. It has close ties with each of these. Johann Friedrich staedel s ambition has been and is still being realized in the edification and pleasure of the citizens of Frankfurt. His will and his beliefs still guide the proof of All this Only.64 of his original bequest of 500 paintings Are still owned by the Institute and Only four Are on Public View. Botticelli s study of Noble woman undated is marvellously detailed glows with vividly alive and warm pigments. Panel is attributed to master from Middle for Fine and is the oldest painting of German school about 1340 in staedel Auguste Renoir s the luncheon painted in 1879 is soft Oil study. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner i women with Washbasin shows staedel s determination to keep up with changing Art the stars and stripes the bitter drink by Adriaen Brouwer 17th Century artist of flemish school it sombre in Hue Rich in life. Study of Man is oldest painting in collection is by unknown Florence master. Authorities Date the work from about end of the 13th Century. German artist Hans Memling created his the Man in the red Cap in the 15th Century. Work is finely detailed and is full of much glowing life. Saturday december 9, 1967 the stars and stripes Page 13

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