Artist and Model

In autumn 2020, the Albertina has a new exhibition format: in the show "Artist and Model", it brings together the familiar and the obscure on this topic from its incredibly rich treasures. Portraits (Rubens's daughter Clara Serena) are included, as are self-portraits (Käthe Kollwitz) and anonymous nudes (such as those by Michelangelo, Klimt, and Schiele).

100 masterpieces

It is a powerful synopsis: 100 masterpieces from six centuries. All revolve around the artist and his model. The onlooker is offered a combination of dialog and drama: the artist appears as anatomist, reporter or charmer, as story-teller full of ideas or as incorruptible historian, as philosopher and psychologist, also as a mirror of himself, as secret voyeur or as sharp-tongued cynic.

The protagonists of the show are the greats of art history: Dürer and Michelangelo, Rubens and Boucher, Klimt and Schiele, Wurm and Dumas. There are also many new artists to discover.

Nature and Ideal

The exhibition shows how the artistic image of the human being comes about in the intellectual debate with what is seen: in the field of tension between naturalness and idealization, between realism, interpretation, and abstraction.

Many of the most splendid artworks in existence make it possible to experience how the analytical eye of the artist spurs his inspiration and the implementing hand becomes the tool of the mind.

Artist and Model. From Michelangelo to Schiele

November 13, 2020 - January 26, 2021

Note: Due to the current situation, the opening times of the individual institutions may have changed. Please make inquiries before you visit the museums.


Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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