THE GRAPHIC ARTS COLLECTION OF THE ALBERTINA

 

The Albertina safeguards one of the most important and extensive graphic art collections in the world. It comprises around 50,000 drawings and watercolours, as well as some 900,000 graphic art works, ranging from the Late Gothic era to the present.

The arc of exquisite works stretches from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raphael Santi through Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn to Claude Lorrain, Honoré Fragonard and Paul Cézanne. In the modern section, the holdings range across Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka via Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock to Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and finally to Franz Gertsch, Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer.

 

 

HISTORY OF THE
GRAPHIC ARTS COLLECTION

Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen (1738-1822) founded the Graphic Art Collection between 1770 und 1822. Deliberately conceived on an encyclopaedic scale and with an educational orientation, it was fully in accordance with the enlightened precepts of its era.

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THE HOLDINGS OF THE
GRAPHIC ART COLLECTION

In accordance with its historical development, the Graphic Arts Collection is essentially sorted by regional contexts, or so-called “schools”. Within these, classification is arranged chronologically. Represented in especial abundance are works from the German and Austrian cultural realm.

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Albertina Collections Online

The Albertina´s Databases

Albertina Collections Online enables you to do research in our collections, find relevant literature, and obtain profound information on photography in Austria. The databases represent a dynamically growing system whose online holdings are continuously expanded and updated.

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PUBLICATIONS
OF THE GRAPHIC ART COLLECTION

The research work at the Albertina is concentrated, above all, on the scholarly study and presentation of its own holdings. The results of this research are made available to the public in the form of exhibition catalogues, Catalogues of Holdings and the Albertina Publications.

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