From trauma to triumph

Austria barocca

For centuries, the constant Ottoman incursions have left a deep trauma, especially in Austria. Only the victories of Prince Eugen bring a sense of relief from constant danger. Fear is replaced by a mood of triumph. The Habsburg Crown Lands, Austria, Hungary and Bohemia, experience an unprecedented flowering of art, initially, completely under the spell of Italian archetypes. Soon, however, young, local artists make their way to the top and emancipate themselves from their Italian teachers.


Abbeys, parish and pilgrimage churches emerge everywhere. An entire country gains a new identity which fashioned a concept of the Baroque still valid to this day. The new art evolves for the glory of the Catholic faith. Architecture, sculpture and painting are combined into a synthesis of the arts – with overwhelming effect.



Oil sketches are important precursors for the many altarpieces and frescoes. They acquire an independent quality and are avidly collected. They reflect the first, spontaneous visual idea – the prima idea.


The Annunciation

Veit Königer

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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 - 5pm
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

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


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