Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
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9.10.2021
30.1.2022

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Apart from works by the Friedrich von Schmidt School, by architects Karl Hasenauer, Josef Hofmann, Wilhelm Holzbauer, Franz Jäger, Georg Niemann, Friedrich Ohmann, Josef Olbrich, Gustav Peichl, Roland Rainer, Gottfried Semper, as well as Otto Wagner and his school, this collection also comprises drafts and other works by students. Thus, the changing architectural training at the Academy makes itself felt. However, the main part of the collection consists of works by Theophil Hansen, Ernst A. Plischke and Ernst W. Heiss.

The drawing shows the longitudinal section of a hall of the Musikverein. The large frontal wall is divided into three elaborately designed horizontal levels, which are clearly separated from each other by different architectural designs. On the first level, reddish, marble-like wall panels with pilasters alternate with female figures reminiscent of antiquity. The wall of the floor above is interrupted by a row of massive-looking wooden doors with triangular gables. In the upper part of the wall round fields with busts are located. On the third and final level there are several large semi-circular windows separated by pilasters. Theophil Hansen
Musikvereinsgebäude(concert hall of the Vienna Music Association) Longitudinal section
Black ink, watercolor and gold, mounted on cardboard, 786 x 1219 mm
© Kupferstichkabinett(Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
 

An especially interesting part is our stock of Gothic architectural designs. With 428 drawings, the Kupferstichkabinett (Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, possesses the largest collection of gothic building designs in the world. This stock not only comprises large presentation plans, but also all aspects of the design and day-to-day construction work.

The drawing shows a so-called baldachin. It is not a bed baldachin made of fabric, but an architectural element for roofing an altar, a statue or something similar. A pointed arch spans between two tapering pillars. The space right underneath the curve is partly filled with filigree floral forms. The top of the arch is long and reaches the height of the two lateral pillars. A row of arcade window-like forms grows up from the arch. On top of this arcade-row is a cornice with pointed ornamental elements. These are also bordered on the sides by the two pillars. The drawing appears very delicate and detailed. The rising pillars and the tip of the pointed arch in the centre are decorated with organic-looking, leaf-like elements.  Gothic Building design of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna ( Wiener Stephansdom), north-western altar canopy, the so-called Puchheim baldachin
Ruling pen and compasses in black ink on paper, scarcely visible preliminary lines, 294 x 438 mm
© Kupferstichkabinett(Graphic Collection) of the Academy of Fine Arts,
Vienna
 


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