Point of View #2
Unusual Insights into the Picture Gallery
The Picture Gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum houses countless works that are rarely exhibited in the permanent galleries or shown in special exhibitions. Behind the scenes, however, the Museum’s curators and conservators continue to make new discoveries about materials and techniques, and to find out more about a painting’s creator, function and importance. From March this year, the results of these multi-facetted studies will be presented several times a year in Room 24 of the Picture Gallery as part of a new exhibition series called “Points of View” that will offer visitors the opportunity to study and get to know the selected artwork(s).
At the end of July, the focus will be on an unusual work executed on glass by Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789): the Rococo artist, a celebrated pastel specialist who also worked for the court in Vienna, copied an obviously older genre-painting by the Dutch artist Quirin van Brekelenkamp (c. 1620 – 1668) in delicate enamel.