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The Great Masters of the Albertina

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    Klaus Albrecht Schroeder(Author)

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This magnificent volume presents around 300 of the most important and valuable drawings from the famous collection of the Albertina. The selection covers works from the early fifteenth century to the present, from priceless sheets by Raphael, Michelangelo, D rer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau and Boucher to drawings and watercolors by Chagall, Picasso, Klimt, Schiele, Klee, Kandinsky, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Gertsch, Longo, Baselitz and Kiefer. The collection was founded by Duke Albert von Sachsen-Teschen from whose name the term Albertina derives. He built a unique collection of drawings and prints in the historical palace on the Augustininan bastion whose splendid interior furnishings reflect the taste of Duke Albert and the subsequent Habsburg owners. Since 2000 a comprehensive restoration and the reacquisition of the original furniture have returned the former brilliance to these historical rooms.

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  • By David K on August 10, 2016

    The drawings the Albertina houses and is famous for but are not put on public display anymore in order to protect them. Visiting the museum itself is a great disappointment. They attract huge crowds of visitors based of reviews from the past while today they show paintings that are unrelated to their world class collection which is kept away from public display.I would recommend looking at this book and not bothering to visit the museum.

  • By Rex on September 1, 2017

    Humongous book. Good work out taking it out for reading it.

  • By Dr on December 14, 2013

    The Albertina is one of the very greatest collections of Master Drawings and Watercolours .It also has a vast collection of Prints that are not featured in this volume.The book starts by detailing the soul searching in the Albertina with falling visitor numbers ,lack of exhibition space,lack of space to store their many precious items etc. The Albertina has had an extensive make over.They have now restored the State Rooms and tracked down some 200 items of furnishings that left the building at the close of WWI .these rooms are open to the public and there are some excellent photos of these rooms.There is a history of the collection which covers the founder Duke Albert but also all his successors up to the end of WWI .There is also a good essay on the Building This helps one understand there changes in the building and the StateroomsThe basis of the book is around 290 drawings including some watercolours. Most of the great names are there.See the description above for some of the artists. There is a beautiful set of Durer watercolours,multiple items by Michealangelo and Raphael etc etc. You can compare how different artists render the same object eg R Savery vs Rembrandt's elephant, you can compare the many different portraits (Rubens tender portraits of his wife and son vs many others. You can see the effect of using pen and ink vs silverpoint or red chalk etc or the use of tinted paper or the use of wash.Many different different types of scene are covered, landscape,seascape,interiors,tavern scenes etcAbout 60 per cent of the item cover from from 1500 till about 1800 with reasonable modern coverage.As the coverage is from 1500 till the present then there are obvious gaps ( the Swiss born Fuseli was the only British artist I noted) There is a reasonable selection of American artists That said,the editor and his team have made a excellent selection of drawings the showcase the strengths of the Albertina and introduce people to both well known and less well known artistsThe format of each description is text on on side with the illustration on the next page. There is a description of technique/provenance and literatureThis is followed by a paragraph summary of the artists life then comments on the piece under discussion.this is written in clear ,understandable prose. The illustrations are of high qualityThe work is a translation from the original German. I think it is well doneAs you will note from the Amazon description the book is fairly tall and pretty heavy at nearly 9 poundThe book doesn't open flat but usually this isn't a problemBottom line. This is a beautiful book of drawings by many of the great artists.The drawings are beautifully reproduced and worth the value of the book alone. For those that want to know more there is the text and an extensive bibliographyIf you are in Vienna you may wish to check the Albertina out. As drawings are very light sensitive each exhibition is only short lived so check the web site


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