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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Arts and Archives: Albertina

 A newly discovered Jacopo Ligozzi painting: Two fava bean plants and a bird, circa 1600; tempera on velum

Our last full day in Vienna was divided between Albertina and the Natural History Museum. I will be doing two separate postings about these locations.
Albertina houses one of the most important and extensive graphic art collections worldwide including around 50,000 drawings and watercolors in addition to some 900,000 graphic art works from the late Gothic era to the present. Albertina does not collect digital art, however most of their collections are digitized. 
We were privileged to spend several hours in the study hall with the chief curator.  He had prepared us a selection of botany-related works from early 15th century to the modern time and generously discussed the material with us and answered all our questions. We also saw two newly discovered Jacopo Ligozzi paintings from around 1600.

Selection of the material we could study can be seen by clicking here