The Eggenberg Altarpiece

In the face of the unsettled times, it was only natural to look to Mary Help of Christians for protection. Thus, the Mother of God is also placed in the centre of the magnificent Eggenberg retable, which was donated by Balthasar prior to 1470. The 13 panels of the retable can still be seen today, while the altar structure was dismantled in the 18th century. The Virgin Mary is surrounded by angels with musical instruments and flanked by St. Fabian and St. Sebastian. Among the immediate entourage of the celestial queen were four exalted female martyrs: Dorothea, Margaret, Catherine and Barbara depicted next to the central panel. The twelve apostles take up the inner wings of the altar, whereas the outer sides show 12 of the "14 Holy Helpers", who were particularly popular in those days.

Winged altars were only opened on important church holidays in the Middle Ages. This also explains the enormous efforts taken to decorate the inside: The gold background and precious carved altar architecture is reflected in the magnificent garments of saints depicted. Compared to the other Styrian panels of the late gothic period, the Eggenberg altarpiece is unique in every respect, and thus proof of the family's significant position in society in the fifteenth century.

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560 und -9532
eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours


State Rooms:
Accessible only as part of a guided tour
02. April until 31 October
01. April 2020 until 31 October 2020

Guided Tours: Tue-Sun and public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (times may vary), extra times by prior appointment. Groups by appointment only.

Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet:
Till 31. October Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November to 22. December closed, accessible only as part of a guided tour and by prior appointment
01. April 2020 to 31. October 2020 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November 2020 to 20. December 2020 closed, accessible only as part of a guided tour and by prior appointment
Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 od. info-eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at


Park and Gardens:
April - October: daily, 8am-7pm
November - March: daily, 8am-5pm
1st January 2020: 10am-5pm

Open in addition:
10. June 2019
13. April 2020
01. June 2020
26. October 2020