Graphic Collection

Prints – An early mass medium

As of the 15th century, the first paper mills create the basis for the cheap and rapid production of graphic prints. Information and illustration, secular and ecclesiastical propaganda, now experience mass distribution for the first time. Hence images also become available to ordinary people. The period is witness to a media revolution. The various printmaking techniques used include woodblock printing, copperplate engraving and mezzotint. With Albrecht Dürer, artistic printmaking reaches its first highpoint.


The major painting studios also use the new medium early on to disseminate their works. Artists like Raphael and Rubens hire their own engravers to transpose their paintings into shades of black and grey. Specialised publishers serve a thriving market which spreads popular visual motifs across the whole of Europe.


War is child’s play – or is it?

Children play at war – because they don’t know it in any other way. Later on, for many of them, the game becomes more serious. Fools and children tell the truth. Pejorative, glorifying, and holds up a mirror to the viewer. It serves as a weapon from the arsenal of fine arts.  more...

Triumph and ignominy

War, with all its horrors, has long dominated Europe. Barely one century has known peacetime. The haunting images created by Renaissance and Baroque artists to illustrate this theme borrow heavily from the ancient world.  more...

Semper victor – on the certainty of victory

The will to win defines the image of potentates and military commanders. Books praise their warfare, portraits show them in armour with batons and swords, and even  more...

Discord, strife, war, tussles and scuffles

War with all its horrors has long dominated Europe. Barely one century passes peacefully.   Renaissance and Baroque artists create haunting images around this  more...

Under the Protection of the Most High (Psalm 91)

The plague, also known as the Black Death, raged in Europe from the 14th to the 17th century. Lack of hygiene and poor living conditions caused the pandemic to flare up again every few  more...

On averting the plague

Plague columns were erected throughout the country, visible symbols of thanksgiving for a catastrophe overcome and sacrifices to appease God’s wrath during times of plague epidemics.  more...

"To the general public"

In 1785, the engraver Johann Veit Kauperz opened a drawing academy in Graz. This is the origin of today’s Alte Galerie and Neue Galerie Graz.  more...

“... both taken from real life and based on drawings ...”

Art slowly separated from craft at the end of the Middle Ages and beginning of the early modern period. Theoretical rules, practical exercises such as model-based drawing, anatomical, geometric and perspective studies became the content of newly emerging academies.  more...

The graphic arts as an instrument

Graphic reproduction is a perfect propaganda tool for the Church and rulers. It also makes the painters popular among the wider population.  more...

The banal and the big in a small format

Graphic prints replicate art’s major themes in small Format with history, portrait and landscape paintings.  more...

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