Point of View #3Unusual 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).
From early November, we will take a closer look at Albrecht Dürer’s „Virgin and Child with a Pear“, a staple of the permanent collection that is celebrating a major birthday: it was painted in 1512 – exactly five centuries ago. The composition not only reflects ideas and inspirations from the circle of Leonardo da Vinci and perhaps also from that of Giovanni Bellini, but would later inspire Italian baroque painters.