Collectors and Donors of Frankfurt
The Painting Collection of Johann Georg Christian Daems (1774–1856)
The onetime holdings of the Frankfurt merchant Johann Georg Christian Daems are part of what forms the core of the historisches museum's painting collection. Daems bequeathed his collection of more than two hundred paintings to the city of Frankfurt as early as 1845.
Johann Georg Christian Daems acquired his knowledge of art on travels in Italy, France and England. The Daem collection has survived at the historisches museum in near entirety, and testifies to the collecting zeal of a Frankfurt citizen of the first half of the nineteenth century and his predilection for Dutch painters.
Parts of the painting collection are placed on view in the Staufen Palais within the framework of the new permanent show on "Collectors and Donors of Frankfurt". There the earlier compact presentation of the paintings in "Petersburg" style is replicated. The term "Petersburg hanging" denotes the presentation of paintings one closely beside the other, and can be traced back to the densely covered walls at the Hermitage in St Petersburg.