New genres in art

History, genre, landscape and still life painting


In post-medieval times art is not viewd as a craft but as a creative actitity which requires a comprehensive education. Painting thus acqires the same rank as poetry, basing on a saying by the Roman poet Horace, "ut pictura poesis" - may painting be like poetry. Therefore, history and allegory painting is regarded the highest grenre of art.

Not only intellectual power and literary erudition are required, but also a profound practical training. Among the five senses of man, that of seeing ("visus") is given priority. From the 16th century onwands, the first art academies evolved. More and more art becomes a public matter. An art market comes into being, and with it lively competition, especially in Netherlandish merchant cities as Antwerp, Haarlem and Amsterdam, the new places to be in the 17th century, the "Golden Age" of Dutch art. Here, prolific specialists of specific genres (portrait, landscape, still life, high resp. low life genre, skirmishes etc.) meet their art-loving clients. In the urban sphere with its Humanist background, another modern institution is also going to rise to public influence: the critic.

Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560


Opening Hours

26. April 2019 to 31. October 2019 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

01. November 2019 to 29. December 2019 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm admission with guided tours and by appointment only

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


10th June

24th/25th December
31st December