As you enter the first thing that greets you is the Last Judgement triptych by Hieronymus Bosch. This is a large work and the demons in it are terrifying. His work has an amazingly futuristic look to it and the colors are still bring and fresh. In the same room is Lucretia by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which has been compared to Leonardo's Mona Lisa, as well as other early German and Dutch paintings. In the next room is a Botticelli Madonna and child, softly pastel and beautiful as only a Botticelli can be.
As if this wasn't enough there is Rembrandt's Portrait of a woman, a self portrait by Van Dyke, more than a dozen Rubens oil sketches among them one of the three graces, and a Murillo of two boys gaming. This and much more await you at the Academy of Fine Art.
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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
December 19, 2004
The clay ochre color façade of this building can be very well seen from the Opernring with the statue of Schiller in front. The gallery is on the second floor.
This is a small gallery that has a nice collection of old masters. The most important works are concentrated in the first hall you see – here are paintings by Cranach, van Cleve and the jewel of the collection – Bosch’s "Triptych of the last judgment". This triptych was painted in 1504-1508 and is both imaginative and ahead of its time and very much in the best traditions of Dutch school of the times of Bosch and Brueghel.
In the adjacent rooms Italian masters are well represented by Botticelli, Francia, Titian, Giordano, Tiepolo and Guardi with his famous views of Venice. There are also works by Murillo, Bourdon, van Loo, Subleyras, Waldmuller and Canova. Dutch 17th century works are here as well: you can see paintings by van Dyck, Vos, Rubens, Jordaens, de Hooch, Rembrandt.
Dutch school is mainly represented by landscapes and still lifes, also some portraits and scenes of everyday life. The rooms are not well lit but the décor is beautiful with neo-classical women’s heads supporting the ceilings.
Overall, a very enjoyable collection.
From journal Travels in Austria - Vienna
March 9, 2001
From journal Vienna in January