Alte Galerie


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Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg


Ulrich Becker, Barbara Kaiser, Karin Leitner-Ruhe and Christine Rabensteiner

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The Alte Galerie invites you to take a stroll through the history of European art from the Middle Ages to the end of the Baroque period. In its new display, the Alte Galerie reveals the splendour and misery of a fascinating epoch: the early modern period.

22 Theme Rooms

Referred to as the early modern period, the centuries between 1500 and 1800 mark the transition from the Christian world view of the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment on the eve of the Modern Age: as old certainties dwindled, the search for new ways towards the future was fraught with conflict. The epoch is often associated with Renaissance and Baroque splendour. Yet on closer inspection, this dazzling façade also reveals a blood-soaked litany of endless wars and bitter distress. As if guided by the unsteady hand of the goddess Fortuna, the dual countenance of this epoch is marked by religious struggle, by death and by the enjoyment of life, by hunger and abundance.

In this new presentation, the art treasures of the Alte Galerie – enriched by precious loans from the Kaiserschild Foundation – convey an overview of a fascinating age caught between splendour and misery. They enable us to recognize the ups and downs which have shaped our past and continue to resonate right up to the present day.

Overview of the permanent exhibition