"To the general public"

In 1785, the engraver Johann Veit Kauperz opened a drawing academy in Graz. With the support of Styrian representatives, the academy became a fulcrum for dealing with artistic matters.


His successor Joseph August Stark assembled a collection of template paintings and drawings for the students with the aid of Governor Ferdinand Graf Attems. In March 1819, the collection of paintings was opened to the general public and thus became Graz’s first publicly accessible picture gallery. This is the origin of today’s Alte and Neue Galerie in Graz.


Johann Veit Kauperz, after a portraot of Anton Jandl

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

The portrait shows the artist at the age of 51, a year after his private school became an institution.  more...

Invitation to the opening of the Drawing Academy in Graz

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

On 1 June 1785, Johann Veit Kauperz opened the Graz Drawing Academy. He chose the allegory of painting as the title vignette for his invitation.  more...

Joseph August Stark

Julius von Vest (1806–1885)

Together with Ferdinand Maria Graf Attems, Joseph August Stark, whose portrait we see here, is the driving force behind the setting up and opening of a painting gallery in Graz.  more...

Ferdinand Maria Graf Attems

Johann Veit Kauperz (1741–1815)

Ferdinand Maria Graf Attems became the first curator and deputy of Archduke Johann in the Joanneum museum after it was founded in 1811. For the Alte Galerie, he is particularly significant in his role as initiator of devising the picture gallery.  more...

Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
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