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Exhibition November 23, 2017 − March 11, 2018

The German guest, Friauf Senior and his entourage

The upper Belvedere in Vienna has devoted another exhibition of late Gothic German painter Rolando Frueauf the Elder and his workshop. Exposure "The German guest, Friauf Senior and his entourage" talks about the generation of artists preceding Albrecht dürer, which are now very seldom in the field of view of the public.

The centre of the exhibition were eight altar panels. These scenes from "the Lives and Passions of the virgin" was painted in 1490 – 1491 years, presumably for the Church of St. Peter in Salzburg. They are the starting point in matters of attribution of many works connected with the circle of Fruehauf. Another masterpiece of the master of the Belvedere collection – portrait of a man, which recent archival research identified as Jobst Tavrida, an artist from Passau.

In addition to the Fruehauf Older paintings the exhibition presents a series of works of artists of his circle. These include several examples of the Master of Grossgmain, affecting its exquisite technique. Thanks to the generous loan of Klosterneuburg monastery, visitors can see all the work Roland Fruehauf, Jr., including the famous "the Legend of Saint Leopold". Belvedere for the first time in the history of the painting contrasts the father and son Fryauff, stressing that they can not only compare in detail, but also to seek answers to the questions concerning the environment artists.

The restorers of the Belvedere in the past several years, painstakingly restored the Salzburg altar panel, and partly on the mind of the audience. One of the difficulties for the experts was that the Board, originally painted on both sides, were divided in the 1920-ies – 1930-ies. Then it was the usual practice, which allowed to simultaneously expose both parts. However, the resulting paintings become extremely fragile. Therefore, the main objective of the project was the stabilization of the images and protection of the paint layer.

The exhibition "the German guest, Friauf Senior and his entourage" is part of a series "Masterpieces in focus".