“... 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. The artist became aware of himself and his creative power. With the recourse to antiquity, attention turned to how art should be taught. Theoretical rules, practical exercises such as model-based drawing, anatomical, geometric and perspective studies became the content of newly emerging academies. The workshop apprentice became the academy student. In addition, the curriculum included drawing based on the natural world as well as copying from model templates. The first art academies were established in Italy in the second half of the 16th century.


In many European residence cities, art schools were set up under the protection of the nobility during the 17th and 18th centuries. In Graz we owe it to the engraver Johann Veit Kauperz that his own drawing academy was opened in 1785 with the support of the Styrian government.


Study of two sitting male nudes

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

This typical academy drawing was created when Johann Veit Kauperz attended the Vienna Academy. The study would serve as a model for his students at the Graz Drawing Academy.  more...

Reading boy

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

This depiction dates back to Kauperz’ time at the Academy, since the same motif by his teacher in Vienna, Jakob Mathias Schmutzer.  more...

Study of a lying male nude

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

As in the case of the two previous drawings, this depiction was created during Kauperz’ period of study in Vienna.  more...

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