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

12 to 19 December 2021 only with guided tour by prior appointment

1 April to 30 October 2022
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-6pm 

1 November to 18 December 2022 only with guided tour by prior appointment

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


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