Images of Dispute

Scenes from the Städel’s Foundation History

19 September 2007 to 30 March 2008

The exhibition in the Cupola Hall grouped works dating from the foundation years of the Städelsches Kulturinstitut and the following years, which have been so decisive for its collection strategy to the late 19th century. Based on the concept of “Images of Dispute” – the presentation on the beginnings of the Städel in the hallway and on the stairs – the focused show provided insights into the various tendencies in art at that time: The range of works spanned from the Nazarenes’ art inspired by Christian subjects to historical, landscape and Städel Museum genre painting, in which the new interest in national history, nature, and everyday life became manifest.

The shown examples by Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Louis Gallait, Carl Friedrich Lessing, and Jacob Becker not only revealed the various artistic and academic 19th-century trends but also the contemporary German public’s expectations.

CURATOR: Dr. Sabine Schulze, Städel Museum