Although it might not determine prominently into the common whirlwind Eurail journey throughout the continent, Vienna’s function within the growth of European tradition as we all know it could hardly be overstated. Granted, the names of none of its cultural establishments come thoughts as readily as these of the Prado, the Uffizi Gallery, or the Louvre. However as museums go, Vienna greater than holds its personal, each inside and outdoors the neighborhood aptly named the Museumsquartier — and never simply within the bodily world, however on-line as properly. Lately, the Albertina Museum in Vienna put into the general public area 150,000 of its digitized works, all of which you possibly can browse on its site.
“Thought of to have among the finest collections of drawings and prints on the planet,” says Medievalists.web, the Albertina boasts “a big assortment of works by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), a German artist who was well-known for his woodcut prints and quite a lot of different works.” Right here on Open Tradition we’ve beforehand featured the genius of Dürer as revealed by his famed self-portraits. We’ve additionally featured visible exegeses of the artwork of Vienna’s personal Gustav Klimt in addition to Edvard Munch, two newer European artists of nice (and certainly still-growing) reputation, works from each of whom you’ll discover out there to obtain in the Albertina’s on-line archive.
These within the growth of Dürer, Klimt, Munch, and different European masters will particularly admire the Albertina’s on-line choices. As an establishment famend for its massive print room and collections of drawings, the museum has made out there an excellent many sketches and research, a few of which clearly knowledgeable the enduring works all of us acknowledge at present. However there are additionally full works as properly, on which you’ll focus by clicking the “Highlights” checkbox above your search outcomes. To grasp Europe, you’d do properly to start in Vienna; to grasp Europe’s artwork — together with its pictures, its posters, and its structure, every of which will get its personal part of the archive — you’d do properly to start at the Albertina on-line.
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Primarily based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embody the Substack publication Books on Cities, the ebook The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll via Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The Metropolis in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall, on Fb, or on Instagram.