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Modern Cupids, Triptych, Left Panel, 1868

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
147×236 cm


  • Hans Makart

    (Salzburg 1840–1884 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG4
The painting Modern Cupids earned Hans Makart (1840–1884) his international breakthrough in 1868 at the Munich Kunstverein. The artist himself described the work as a salon decoration. A sketch, kept today at the Belvedere, shows an interior elevation and clearly illustrates the intended effect and illusionistic impact. The draft plainly shows that Makart conceived his Modern Cupids neither as gallery paintings nor as wall decor but rather as architecturally-bound parts of an interior decoration. In contrast to the historical depictions of Historicism, Makart decided against an “illustrative” approach, meaning that the rendering is not based on a literary work. Instead, he conjured a fairytale-like world in which antique mythical creatures (satyrs) are frolicking with girls (nymphs), a dog and a tame hare. This theme was repeated in the work Children Dancing a Roundelay housed by the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

Object data

Modern Cupids, Triptych, Left Panel
Art movement
Oil on canvas
147×236 cm
On the central panel
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6575, Donation from a Private Collection
Inventory access
Accession 2021
Selection of Reference works
  • 20 Jahre Leopold Museum 2001-2021, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2021.
  • Gerbert Frodl: Hans Makart. Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, hrsg. von Agnes Husslein-Arco, Weitra 2013.
  • Gerbert Frodl: Hans Makart. Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Salzburg 1974.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Frodl 1974: 94/1–3
  • Frodl 2013: 116/1-3

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Sammlung Graf János Pálffy-Erdöd (1829–1908), Schloss Králova/Königshaiden, Ankauf direkt vom Künstler 1868;
ErbInnen nach Graf János Pálffy-Erdöd (1909-1924);
Auktion: 30.06.1924, Ostslovakisches Museum, Bad Pistyan, Los 15 und 16 (nur die beiden Seitenteile);
Kunsthandel Tschechoslowakei;
Otokar (geb. 1882) und Melanie Tuma (geb. 1885), Prag;
im Erbgang an deren Tochter Adrienne (1914–1994), verh. Gräfin Waldstein-Wartenberg;
im Tauschweg an Marie Gräfin Bossi-Fedrigotti (geb. Gräfin Waldstein-Wartenberg, 1878–1950) bzw. deren Tochter Marie Gräfin Trapp, Schloss Friedberg, Tirol;
Verkauf an das Hotel Maria-Theresia, Innsbruck, Mitte/Ende der 1940er Jahre;
Bank Austria Kunstsammlung, Wien (1978-2005); (1)
UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Wien (2005-2021);
Auktion: 07.06.2021, Dorotheum Wien, Gemälde des 19. Jahrhunderts, Los Nr. 541
Privatbesitz, Wien (2021);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2021); (2)

  1. Dorotheum Wien, Online-Katalog: (Mai 2021); Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Katalog zu Hans Makart. Malerfürst (1840-1884), Wien 2000; S. 28 „Moderne Amoretten“.
  2. Schenkungsvertrag vom 07.06.2021

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