Art and connoisseurs

In the collector‘s cabinet

A particularly elitist pleasure is to collect art. Art collectors prove themselves before the world: They display an all-round education and exquisite taste, as well as wealth and social status. Art forms that had previously been held in lesser regard, the landscape, genre and still life, are appreciated by collectors in the late Baroque period. Small-format paintings fill castles and patricians’ houses where painting cabinets are set up as galleries and proudly displayed. Like the salons of the time they are places for conversing about art and centres of a new bourgeois culture of collecting.


The connoisseur especially appreciates the rural idyll, which gently romanticises the mostly hard life of the peasants. In Vienna, it is mainly Franz de Paula Ferg whose pictures precisely match the taste of the times. Above all, the highest level of technical precision is called for. The model is the fijnschilder art of Dutch masters, which casts a shimmering glow in the candlelight.



Francesco Trevisani

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Landscape with Ruins

Maximilian Joseph Schinnagl

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Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560


Opening Hours
27. March 2021 to 31. October 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November 2021 to 31. March 2022

closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment: 1. November to 19. December 2021

01. April 2022 to 30. October 2022 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
01. November 2022 to 31. March 2023

closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment: 1. November to 18. December 2022

21 October 2021, closed until 1:30pm

Opening Hours Library
Tues–Fri 10am–12pm and afternoons by appointment only


1st November 2021 (

with guided tour

8th December 2021 (

with guided tour

18th April 2022
6th June 2022
15th August 2022
1st November 2022 (

with guided tour

8th December 2022 (

with guided tour


24th/26th December 2021
31st December 2021
24th/26th December 2022
31st December 2022