The first exhibit showcased the collection of the museum's founder Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen who was married to Archduchess Marie Christine. What I like about these two is that they married for love. Really, they were "allowed" to marry for love because Marie Christine was a favorite daughter of Empress Maria Theresa. That is a big deal if you consider the fate of her younger sister Marie Antoinette. Second, Albert had a passion for collecting for the love of the collection. He amassed graphic art, art, books, furnishings, papers, silver and created an indivisible estate, hence The Albertina Museum. The highlight of the museum is the once a decade public showing of "The Hare" by Albrecht Dürer. This masterpiece was created in 1502 and is a watercolor-bodycolor. The image is so lifelike, contemporary in my view and created during the times of Michelangelo, Rubens, and Raphael (whose works were also collected by Albert and are on display).
Love the bunny, but my personal favorite is "Wing of a Roller", watercolor and gouache 1512 by Dürer.
|Wiki Photo "The Hare"|
|Wiki Photo "Wing of a Roller"|
|"Black Hat 2" 2010|