Albertina Collection
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Albertina Collection

In the Albertina Collection there are three main artistic collections; Graphic Arts, Architectural and Photographic.

The founder of the Graphic Arts section was Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, between 1770 and 1822. When Duke died in the year 1822 the collection comprised of around 14,000 drawings and around 200,000 sheets of graphic art print, which all conveyed the important art movements from the end of the Middle Ages to the first quarter of the 19th century.

The founder of the Architectural collection was Phillip Freiherr Von Stosch, who was a middleman-dealer in sculptural found objects, medals, cameos, copper engravings and drawings. He was the most respected of specialists on Roman antiquities.

The Albertina's Photographic Collection currently comprises of around 100,000 objects which originate from sources such as photographs held by the Albertina since the 1850s, collections of the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institution for Graphics and Langewiesche Archive.