Peter Paul Rubens, The Dreaming Silenus, ca. 1611-1615, oil on canvas, 162 x 218,5 cm, © The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Masterpieces from Vienna

Flemish and Dutch masters from the Picture Gallery and Print Room of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

8 February to 1 June 2020 - Extended till 6 September 2020

The exhibition Masterpieces from Vienna shows an exceptional selection of 17th century paintings and drawings taken from the as yet largely unknown collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The exhibition encompasses a large number of works by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Jan Weenix and Rembrandt van Rijn. This is the first time that a selection of this magnitude will be exhibited in the Netherlands, and that the unique story of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and its valuable collection will be told.

Educational role

Europe originally had numerous art academies, with collections of great prestige. These collections weren't so much assembled with the intention of being shown to the public, rather to enable students of art to study and copy the masterpieces within the walls of the academies. By the late 19th, early 20th century, ties with the art academies had largely been severed and most of the collections were absorbed by museums. However, the collection from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna – whose history stretches back to 1692 – still belongs to the university and remains within the four walls of its monumental academy building in the Schillerplatz.

Absolute masterpieces

The exhibition will run from 8 February until 1 June, showing over fifty paintings and twenty drawings. Absolute masterpieces are The Dreaming Silenus by Peter Paul Rubens, Self-Portrait as a Youth by Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of an Unknown Young Woman by Rembrandt van Rijn and The White Peacock by Jan Weenix.

  • Foto Joep Jacobs
  • Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of an Unknown Young Woman, 1632, oil on canvas, 92.5 x 71 cm © The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Jan Weenix, The White Peacock, 1693, oil on canvas, 192.5 x 167.5 cm © The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Foto Joep Jacobs
  • Peter Paul Rubens, The Dreaming Silenus, ca. 1611-1615, oil on canvas, 162 x 218,5 cm, © The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Anthony van Dyck, Self-Portrait as a Youth, c. 1615, oil on oak, 43.3 x 32.3 cm, original size: 25.8 x 19.5 cm © The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Catalogue

CatalogusA richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is published by WBOOKS. The catalogue is written in Dutch and English. It presents the collection of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. With works from Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Anthony van Dyck.

The catalogue is written by Geertje Jacobs and Menno Jonker and
 can be bought at the MuseumShop, on the website of WBOOKS and in the bookshops for € 19,95. 

See also:

Between Truth and Illusion
Extended till 18 October 2020