Visitors will see works by Johann Jakob Hartmann, a prominent Baroque painter from Bohemia, including landscapes from the Four Elements cycle. Some of Hartmann's works have not been exhibited at the Belvedere since the late 18th century.
Johann Jacob Hartmann lived and worked in Bohemia at least until 1736. A pioneer in the landscape painting genre, which was quite unusual at the time, he established a kind of monopoly in this region of Europe. He was inspired by the great Flemish masters such as Jan Brueghel the Elder and Gillis van Koninkloo, who worked about a century before him. Hartmann's art is characterized by carefully traced forest landscapes, with numerous people and animals. Crowds of figures in animated scenes complete his vivid, expansive images of nature. Along with allegorical scenes, the master also painted religious and secular subjects.