Turn of an era

On the eve of the Enlightenment

The period of Emperor Joseph II (ruled 1780–1790) is the time of the Enlightenment and tolerance. The Catholic church remains the formative religious force but it loses its monopoly; numerous monasteries are abolished. Protestants receive, albeit restricted, their freedom of belief. The need for altarpieces remains high. Satisfying it is Martin Johann Schmidt, known as “the Kremser Schmidt”. He leaves behind an extensive, multifaceted body of work which deals with spiritual and worldly matters.

 

Leading models are the great masters like Rubens and Rembrandt. A new fashion emerges: “Rembrandtisation”, as practised by Johann Georg Edlinger from Graz throughout his life. Angelika Kauffmann, who becomes a painter star in London, takes van Dyck’s art as her model: The Vandyke manner. In Vienna, Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder develops a new portrait style: The Habsburg court, too, now appreciates naturalness and grace. Courtly representation combines with bourgeois sentimentality. The change in taste heralds a new era.

 

Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560
altegalerie@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours
01. July 2020 to 31. October 2020 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November 2020 to 26. March 2021

closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment until 20. December 2020


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 until 19. December 2021



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

 

26th October 2020
5th April 2021
24th May 2021
1st November 2021 (

with guided tour

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8th December 2021 (

with guided tour

)
26th December 2021 (

with guided tour

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24th/25th December 2021
31st December 2021