Role models

Virtuous heroes and powerful women

Great men and women who have overcome their opponents through bravery and willpower or steadfastness and cunning, are regularly celebrated as role models in the poetry of antiquity. Their peers are the heroes of the Old Testament, obedient servants of their god Yahweh, champions of their people: Abraham, who wants to sacrifice his son Isaac, or Judith who triumphs over the Assyrian commander Holofernes. Biblical archetypes are followed by the Christian saints: They, too, are heroes (athletae Christi) and demonstrate this through the steadfast, devout suffering of their martyrdom.


Abraham and Isaac

Johann Michael Rottmayr

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Judith with the Head of Holophernes

Pietro della Vecchia

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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