The dream of abundance

The increased interest in nature turns the latter itself into a subject of art. The study of nature leads to imitation – imitatio. The detailed reproduction of plants and animals aims to demonstrate the technical prowess of the painter. Crops and the spoils of the hunt assume a tangible presence, as if they were just been harvested or killed. All this also points to a deep longing for satiation, for the fulfilment of a basic human need, often an illusory hope at a time marked by deprivation.


The opulence of nature becomes a means of representation: Its portrayal is intended to reflect a well-governed country. Lavish depictions of game and fish, the rich abundance of crops, of larders brimming with food, all point to prosperity. They serve as proof of the regent’s ability to act in the best interests of the country.


Still Life with Hare

Dirk Valkenburg

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Still Life with Glass Globet

Pieter Claesz

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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


1st November 2021 (

with guided tour

8th December 2021 (

with guided tour

18th April 2022
6th June 2022
15th August 2022
1st November 2022 (

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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