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Tomb of Frederick III at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, 1895

Leopold Museum,
Watercolor, gouache and opaque white on paper
40×66 cm


  • Rudolf von Alt

    (Vienna 1812–1905 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Rudolf von Alt (1812–1905), the greatest Austrian watercolor painter of the 19th century, repeatedly tackled the specific artistic challenges posed by Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Tomb of Frederick III at St. Stephen’s Cathedral depicts the late Gothic tomb of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, decorated with coats of arms and statues, surrounded by a stone balustrade and located in the Apostles’ Choir of the cathedral. The ornate architecture of the tomb takes up almost two thirds of the picture. Its monumental character is emphasized by a close-up view slightly from below. To the left, the gaze of the observer is directed into the church, where an organ and a light-flooded stained glass window can be seen between the Gothic pillars. Churchgoers serve as staffage. Von Alt focuses fully on the effect of space and light. In loose brushstrokes, he captures the atmosphere of the Gothic architecture with its tracery, translating it into a shimmering interplay of light and dark.

Object data

  • Rudolf von Alt
Tomb of Frederick III at St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Art movement
Graphic work
Watercolor, gouache and opaque white on paper
40×66 cm
Signed and dated lower right: R. Alt 895
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1213
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Verborgene Schätze der österreichischen Aquarellmalerei, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Franz Smola, Wien 2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien 05.03.2010-24.05.2010).
  • Leopold Museum Wien. Österreichische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, hrsg. von Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, München u.a. 2008.
  • Walter Koschatzky: Rudolf von Alt : 1812 - 1905, Salzburg 1976.

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