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The Great Death

Scenes from War

05.05.-12.09.2021


Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg, Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz

 

Curated by Karin Leitner-Ruhe und Christine Rabensteiner
Press tour: 05.05.2021, 11 am
Duration: 07.05.–12.09.2021

 

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About the exhibition

The early modern period is marked by war and its dramatic consequences for countries and people. Art – especially popular graphic prints – has handed down to us a powerful and often harrowing image of it. Based on Stefano della Bella's allegory The Great Death and Jacques Callot's famous series The Great Miseries of War, the Graphic Collection of the Alte Galerie, supplemented by paintings, books and cultural-historical objects, shows scenes of war and peace: training, reasons for war and propaganda, battles and sieges are all documented, as are life in the camp, war crimes and their punishment, exploitation and terror inflicted on the civilian population, the wounded masses, displaced and poor.

Based on the famous series The Great Miseries of War by the Lothringian artist Jacques Callot from the 17th century, stages of war are shown that are constantly repeated in a conflict of this kind. Thus, at the beginning of the exhibition we encounter preparations for a confrontation. Military action was largely triggered by a breach of contract or by territorial claims. Eventually the declaration of war occurred. There then followed campaigns, battles and sieges. In the centuries of the early modern period, Europe was covered by theatres of war. Fighting not only occurred at the foremost front, however. Perpetrators, deserters and turncoats were taken prisoner, condemned and hanged, shot or beheaded. During breaks in fighting and in the hinterlands, plunder and destruction took place, and the population was looted. Besides the simple soldiers who went to battle, the civilian population was the largest group made to suffer losses. The Great Death – skilfully visualised by Stefano della Bella – moved over the land. The dying, the dead, and beggars lined the streets. Life in the camp and away from the battlefields presented a quite different picture. Women and animals moved along with the convoy. People got married in the camp, families were established. The graphic print documented, illustrated and critiqued the many themes associated with war. Thus, the exhibition is mainly provided with graphic prints from the Graphic Collection at the Alte Galerie. Paintings and small sculptures will add to the presentation, as will historical books and cultural-historical objects.

Images

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Material


Stefano della Bella (1610 – 1664), "Death on the Battlefield",
Stefano della Bella (1610 – 1664), "Death on the Battlefield",

etching, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Sujet-Der-grosse-Tod.jpg (2 MB)

Georg Philipp Rugendas d. Ä. (1666 – 1742), "Geburt im Soldatenlager",
Georg Philipp Rugendas d. Ä. (1666 – 1742), "Geburt im Soldatenlager",

mezzotint, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Georg-Philipp-Rugendas-d-AE-Geburt-im-Soldatenlager.jpg (1.28 MB)

Jacques Callot (1592–1635), Der Galgenbaum, aus der Reihe "Die großen Schrecken des Krieges",
Jacques Callot (1592–1635), Der Galgenbaum, aus der Reihe "Die großen Schrecken des Krieges",

Radierung, Alte Galerie, Foto: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Jacques-Callot-Der-Galgenbaum.jpg (8.55 MB)

Stefano della Bella (1610 – 1664), "Death on the Battlefield",
Stefano della Bella (1610 – 1664), "Death on the Battlefield",

etching, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Stefano-della-Bella-Der-grosse-Tod.jpg (1.96 MB)

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