In Austria, the era of Maria Theresa’s government is considered synonymous with Baroque magnificence and luxurious splendour. Countless buildings dating from the eighteenth century, including palaces, abbeys, and churches, mould the image of our country to this very day. The style’s revival and continuation during the period of Historicism additionally cemented the image of Baroque Austria. This exhibition starts out from the numerous possibilities of approaching Baroque art. The combination of works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with those from later epochs demonstrates a broad spectrum ranging from references to tradition to imitation and inspiration. Works by artists such as Franz Anton Maulbertsch, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Paul Troger, Hans Makart, Anton Faistauer, Oskar Kokoschka, Lilly Steiner, Gerhart Frankl, and many others impressively illustrate that the Baroque is not so much a sanctuary for conservatives than a gateway for modernism.
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