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Vienna Media News 05/2017 Fall of the Old Masters

The drawings and printed graphic works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder are among the Albertina’s most treasured possessions, alongside masterpieces by Dürer, Raphael and Rubens. This Viennese gallery owns six of around 60 surviving drawings by the Dutch artist as well as his entire printed oeuvre. This fall the Albertina will be exploring Bruegel’s artistic beginnings in a major show while looking at his significance as a “peasant painter” and the “second Hieronymus Bosch”, as an innovator of landscape art and a social satirist.

Raphael is the second temporary exhibition at the Albertina to be dedicated to an Old Master this fall. The first show of works solely by Raphael to be staged in Austria, it encompasses 170 drawings and paintings, and covers all of the artist's major projects. From his early Umbrian period to his Florentine era and his last years in Rome, the exhibition takes in all stages of his career. Works from the Albertina’s own collection and from major museums give a comprehensive overview of the High Renaissance master’s output.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is also mounting a major exhibition dedicated to a Baroque great this fall. Rubens. The Power of Transformation brings together works by the Flemish master that are held in Vienna with international loan pieces in a spectacular ensemble. The Power of Transformation includes examples of his work as a draftsman, oil sketches, panel paintings and large-format canvasses.

  • Pieter Bruegel The Elder, Sep 8-Dec 3, 2017, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
  • Raphael, Sep 29, 2017-Jan 7, 2018, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
  • Rubens. The Power of Transformation, Oct 17, 2017-Jan 21, 2018, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.khm.at/rubens2017

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