The Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Paintings gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) is, due to the bequest of Anton Paula Graf Lamberg-Sprinzenstein in the year 1822, known for its broad and high-quality collection of Dutch and Flemish art of the seventeenth century. Among the many masterpieces are portraits by Rembrandt, Nicolaes Maes and Pieter de Hooch as well as still-lifes by Jan Davidsz de Heem, Willem van Aelst, Rachel Ruysch and Samuel van Hoogstraten. In addition to Dutch landscapes by Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael, the museum holds the largest group of Italianate paintings by Jan Asselijn in Austria. The Flemish part of the collection is of international importance due to twenty works by Peter Paul Rubens, among which six sketches for the Jesuit church in Antwerp, and the earliest self-portrait of the young Anthony van Dyck.
Furthermore, the monumental Last Judgement Triptych by Hieronymus Bosch is literally and figuratively the most precious artwork in the Academy of Fine Arts. Other important highlights of early Netherlandish paintings of the fifteenth and sixteenth century are the Crowning of Mary by Dirc Bouts and the Holy Family by Joos van Cleve. These are on display with masterpieces of the German renaissance by Hans Baldung Grien and Lucas Cranach the Elder.
Claudia Koch, Deputy Director and Curator (June 2020)
Die holländischen Gemälde des 17. Jahrhunderts in de Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Wien
Vienna [etc.] 1992