Premium tour Albrecht Altar

Premium tour Albrecht Altar

Premium tour Albrecht Altar

The Albrecht Altar is regarded as the most important work of Austrian 15th-century painting.

The unknown artist of the altar is known as the “Albrecht Master” and was, in 1430, commissioned to create this masterpiece for the “Am Hof” Carmelite Church in Vienna. In 1774, the Gothic altar was replaced by a baroque high altar and moved to the newly-founded monastery museum in Klosterneuburg, which was the first museum of its kind to open in Austria.

The Albrecht Altar was named after King Albrecht II of Habsburg. It comprises 24 panels and offers the most modern landscape depictions of its time, including one of the oldest views of the city of Vienna. The extraordinary feature of the Albrecht Altar is its realistic portrayal of the people, their clothing and other objects that appear in the pictures – such as the very first depiction of a pair of glasses, which adorn the face of one of the Apostles.

 

Highlights

  • A close viewing of the Albrecht Altar
  • Panel paintings from the 15th century
  • One of the oldest views of the city of Vienna
  • Detailed depictions of landscapes and nature
  • Background information on theology and art history
  • On request, a short devotion can be included