Rudolf von Alt (1812–1905) is one of the best-known Austrian artists of the 19th century. Landscapes and city views or vedute became his speciality at an early age as a pupil of his father Jakob, and he remained loyal to the genre for the rest of his almost eighty-year-long career. At the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich there has never before been an extensive exhibition of its entire collection of Alt’s works, which is the most significant outside of Austria. It encompasses extraordinarily detailed watercolours from all phases of the artist’s career as well as countless sketches that afford us direct insights into his working methods. Taking the time to explore the details of Rudolf von Alt’s pictures can be a rewarding experience. Not only do we discover the towns and regions of the fallen Austro-Hungarian Empire, we also encounter the works of a painter who ‘combined technical ability

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