A Viennese Paradise at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Anton Hartinger was a Viennese flower painter of the 19th century.  Until 26 August 2018 you can see a (small) selection of his many flower and plant illustrations at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts.  Hartinger was a prolific painter, he produced almost 900 botanical illustrations.  On view here are some watercolor paintings … More A Viennese Paradise at the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Observing collectors of the exotic

Missionaries – mercenaries – ethnographers – tourists… One might say that collecting things is a basic human urge.  Some people collect clocks,  antique books, vintage clothing, rubber ducks, bottle tops, even umbrella sleeves (!) – you name it, somebody will surely be collecting it.   (I personally admit to an out-of-control collection of (artificial) birds … More Observing collectors of the exotic