The Battle for Souls

In the Age of Religious Division

 

Around the middle of the 16th century the whole of Europe stands divided between Catholics and Protestants. Both camps are irreconcilably opposed to each other. Protestant critique is levelled at the excessive cult of saints and the moral decline among many representatives of the Church. Sacramental doctrine and papacy are rejected. The Roman Church reacts to this with the Council of Trent. Disputed tenets of the faith are reaffirmed there. Major reforms follow. The clergy is disciplined, practical pastoral care revived and tuition restructured.

 

The Catholic Church sees itself as a fighter for the truth. An elite force in the literal sense is the Jesuit Order. Its members regard themselves as spiritual soldiers of Christ. In this struggle, art also becomes a weapon, an ideal instrument for spreading the faith.

 

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 Overview

Archduke Ferdinand as Fighter for a Righteous Cause

Giovanni Pietro de Pomis


Archduke Ferdinand, Regent of Inner Austria, sees himself as the staunch champion of the Catholic faith. In this programmatic picture of the court painter, the Protestant opponent becomes the epitome of evil.  more...

The Apostles’ Creed

Teodoro Ghisi


Teodoro Ghisi’s picture is a painted catechism. Content is illustrated in vivid form as on a panel for instruction in the faith – catechesis.  more...

Pietà with Angels

Giulio Licinio


Immersion into the Saviour’s suffering is a great concern of the times. Compassion helps the faithful overcome the distance created through the fear of God.  more...

Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

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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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