Art Gallery, Vienna
Albertina Art GalleryVienna's Albertina (art gallery) possesses 45,000 drawings and watercolors, about 1.5 million printed sheets of graphic material covering a period of half a millennium and 35,000 books - it is the world's most comprehensive collection of graphic material. The collection was founded in 1786 by Maria Theresa's son-in-law, Duke Albert of Saxony-Tescha. Since 1795 it has been housed in the former Taroucca Palace. Between 1801 and 1804 the building was altered by Louis von Montoyer. The Albertina as we know it today resulted from the amalgamation, after the First World War, of the collections of Duke Albert and the print room of the Imperial Library. Since June 1994 the Albertina has been closed for refurbishment which should take until 1998. Information on the temporary special exhibitions which are held elsewhere can be obtained by telephoning 534 83-0.All major European schools are represented in the drawings. German School: after the 15th C. - 145 drawings by Dürer who is more fully represented in the Albertina than anywhere else, works by Holbein the Elder, Baldung Grien, Cranach the Elder, Altdorfer, Kölderer, Menzel, Spitzweg, Feuerbach, Liebermann, Nolde and Kollwitz. Austrian School: from the 18th C. onwards, including von Rottmayr, Troger, Kremser-Schmidt, Schwind, Daffinger, Amerling, Alt, Gauermann, Makart, Klimt, Schiele and Kubin. Italian School: from the Early Renaissance onwards, including Pisanello, Fra Angelico, Lippi, Mantegna, Leonardo, Titian, 43 drawings by Raphael, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Veronese, Guardi, Canaletto and Tiepolo. Flemish School: from the 15th C. onwards, including drawings by Van Leyden, Brueghel the Elder, de Mompaer, Van Dyck and a collection of sketches by Rubens. Dutch School: city schools from the 17th C. onwards, including drawings by Both, Asselijn, Van Goyen, Ruysdael, de Hooch and 70 drawings from all Rembrandt's creative periods. French School: from the 16th C. onwards, including examples of work by Clouet, Bellange and Callot, choice drawings by Poussin and Lorrain, works by Watteau, Liotard and Fragonard, and by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. English School: from the second half of the 17th C. onwards, with drawings by Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney. The Special Collections, available only to experts, include architectural drawings (8,000 sheets), miniatures, views of Austria and Vienna, historic prints, illustrated books (Including those belonging to Waldmüller, Stifter, Gauermann, Schwind and Schiele).
Albertina Print Collection
Vienna's Albertina Print Collection includes the world's largest collection of 15th C. single-sheet xylographs, Dürer's woodcuts and copper engravings, Rembrandt's etchings, original work by Menzel, woodcuts by Munch, first impressions by Goya and works by Picasso and Chagall. The majority of the collection consists of original graphics. Special collections include historical papers and collections of playing cards, caricatures, illustrated books and portfolios, views, posters and original printing plates from the time of Dürer.
Albertina Film Museum
Vienna's Albertina houses the Austrian Film Museum which does not have exhibitions but shows classic and avant-garde films from October to May. Programs can be found in the daily papers and weekly brochure of events.
Address: Augustinerstrasse 1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria