13 Nov-21 Feb. The Albertina is showing important works from the artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement known as Romanticism, an era which lasted throughout the 19th century and used nature and landscapes as metaphors for topics such as existence, friendship and the glorification of the past.
The exhibition focuses on two main themes: contrasting the differences between Nordic-Protestant and Catholic Romanticism, and focusing on Austria's contribution to the European movement. It examines in particular Vienna's anti-academic Lukasbrüder collective, whose members later relocated to the S. Isidoro monastery in Rome.
The artists' aim was to revive honesty and spirituality in Christian art, and they numbered Johann Friedrich Overbeck, Franz Pforr, Ludwig Vogel and Johann Konrad Hottinger. They were known derisively as the "Nazarenes", in reference to their biblical way of dressing and hair styles.
This exhibition comprises around 170 Romantic works from the Albertina collection, as well as from Vienna's Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts and international loans, including paintings by artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco de Goya and Moritz von Schwind.