Wednesday 23 April 2014

Bunny, Bunny Night
Flight of Stairs with Young Hare

Albertina Palace

Young Hare
1502 watercolour and bodycolour painting
by German artist Albrecht Dürer -
Enlarged facsimile on the steps
of Albertina Palace

Dürer's "Young Hare",
a jewel of the Albertina's graphical collection,
can be shown only every few years -
the currant exhibition is the first opportunity,
since 2003, for the public to see it

Photographed the evening
of 4 April 2014
Images © by Merisi

The 100 Masterworks of the Albertina
14 March 2014 - 29 June 2014

"The large-scale presentation unites the highlights of the collection, from Michelangelo through Rembrandt and Rubens to Caspar David Friedrich. The centrepiece of the Albertina, Dürer's famous "Young Hare", is now once again accessible to an interested public in the context of this exhibit after a decade-long period of grace"
-> Google Art Project: Dürer's Hare as Gigapixel Project
-> History of Albertina Palace and its Collections


  1. That is BRILLIANT !
    Love it. is it a light thing only on at night or actually on the stairs.
    Gee I would love to come see that drawing...

    1. It looks as if had been printed, cut into stripes, then appliquéd to the stair raisers.
      I am guessing, though. Need to check it out further. ;-)

  2. Your photos are better than mine...

    1. Different, maybe? And well the should be, no two pairs of eyes see the same way. Or so the saying goes. ;)

    2. I had not managed to put if up in time for Easter. ;-)

  3. Wonderful! I, too, am a fan of that drawing.

  4. Merisi, that Durer hare also has me in its fan club. I imagine that the Museum's clever stairway announcement is going to result in increased attendance, and more hare fans. I know I have a postcard of that work somewhere in my apartment.

    Thank you so much for showing us these stairs! xo

  5. Ah, I do love this one!! Wish I could see it in person, but your captures are the next best thing, Merisi!! Thanks for sharing!! Hope week is going well!!

  6. If I were a photographer there, I'd have a girl in a red dress lying on the step near the rabbit's front feet. I would title the photo "RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!" 8-)

  7. I saw Vreni's shot of this the other day. I like your angle on it too. We do have a staircase here that's been used the last couple of summers for art, and that's what this reminds me of.

  8. This hare is the star of Vienna and it deserves him!

  9. Pure magic! I have always loved that painting.

  10. Really great ! A good idea !

  11. Awesome steps!!! For a sec, I was thinking of my niece. They call her Bunny... and she's in her 20s.

  12. I love, love, love it. But then, I adore rabbits.

  13. Loved the steps, and your picture is so much more magical than my quick snap yesterday.
    What about the pink rabbit on top of the Albertina? Very whimsical . . .

    1. I photographed the pink rabbit yesterday, greatly enjoying the whimsical addition to Hans Hollein's giant winged canopy over the Albertina entrance. Sadly, arriving home at night, I read of his passing away, yesterday. And there I had been standing next to St. Stephen's cathedral, listening to the evening bells and admiring the reflections of the cathedral on Hans Hollein's Haas Haus. May he rest in peace. The city of Vienna owes him immensely.

  14. So nice to see it being shown to a different public. I have it hanging in my hallway.

  15. Anonymous01 May, 2014

    I've seen some pictures of a portrait of Dali on Stairs ...
    Dürer is a change... This picture of his does match Easter time !!! Marie-Noëlle


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