Return of the Gods

The rediscovery of antiquity

Nothing is so typical for Renaissance art as the world of ancient gods and heroes. Italy is the classic soil of ancient culture. Finds of Roman statues turn into sensations, princes, clerics and patricians become collectors. The Renaissance is also making its way into the north. From there throngs of artists head towards Italy to perfect their skills there.


Art conveys complex thoughts as never before at a high intellectual level. Ancient figures are ideal for this. The more complicated the content of an artwork is, the more it is appreciated. Such complex programmes give both artists and clients the opportunity to demonstrate their own education and competence. Erotic scenes warrant particular applause. They flatter the eye of the connoisseur. Painters often take classical themes on the occasion, to prove their skills with sophisticated nude studies.


Mars, Venus and Amor

Bartholomäus Spranger

The union of Mars and Venus is not only an example of mythical eroticism, but also of the ambivalence of human nature, which despite everything still finds harmonious unity.  more...

Venus, Bacchus and Ceres

Bartholomäus Spranger

The theme of the depiction is a saying by the Roman poet Terence: Sine Baccho et Cerere friget Venus Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus freezes.  more...

Feast of the Gods

Frans Floris

The world of classical mythology is not an ideal world. There is at times fierce enmity among the gods. The immortals are many things, except one: they are not infallible.  more...

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


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 September 2021 10am - 3pm
24th/26th December 2021
31st December 2021
24th/26th December 2022
31st December 2022