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The Angelika Kauffmann museum was created in 2007.

Schwarzenberg is a village in the Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg, Austria, and part of the district Bregenz. Here takes place the annual world famous Lied- and Chamber-Music-Festival Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, with perfomances of artists like Alfred Brendel, Emerson-Quartet, Michael Schade, Robert Holl, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Keenlyside, Paul Lewis.

And here in Schwarzenberg Angelika Kauffmann has her roots, her father was born in 1707 there in the farmhouse „Wies 111“. She is broadly acknowledged as the most important female painter in the 18th. Century. Her father, also a painter, taught her and helped her to create her first paintings. In the church of the village you can admire mural paintings of both father and daughter (1757). In 1802, Kauffmann donated the high altar piece “Coronation of Holy Mary” to her home village. The concert hall is named after her.

Kauffmann's strength was her work in history painting, the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during the 18th century. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes. Despite the popularity that Kauffmann enjoyed in English society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the English had for history painting. Ultimately, in 1781 she left England for the continent where history painting was better established, esteemed, and patronized.

Her private life suffered in consequence of her unfortunate marriage in 1767. But in 1781, after her first husband's death (she had been long separated from him), she married Antonio Zucchi (1728–1795), a Venetian artist then resident in England. Shortly afterwards she retired to Rome, where she befriended, among others, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who said she worked harder and accomplished more than any artist he knew, yet always restive she wanted to do more ( Goethe's 'Italian Journey' 1786-1788) and lived for 25 years with much of her old prestige. In 1782 she lost her father; and in 1795 her husband. She continued at intervals to contribute to the Academy, her last exhibit being in 1797. After this her “Cousin Johann” looked after her finances und the household, she continued to work restlessly in spite of her weakening health. In 1807 she died in Rome, being honoured by a splendid funeral under the direction of Canova. The entire Academy of St Luke, with numerous ecclesiastics and virtuosi, followed her to her tomb in S. Andrea delle Fratte, and, as at the burial of Raphael, two of her best pictures were carried in procession.

(source: www.wikipedia.org)

About Angelika Kauffmann Source:"The Culture and History of Bregenzerwald", page 13

Angelika Kauffmann

Schwarzenberg Schwarzenberg is a village in the Bregenzerwald, Vorarlberg, Austria, part of the district Bregenz. As of 2007 it has a population just under 2000.

Here annually the world-famous lied- and chamber-music-festival Schubertiade Schwarzenberg takes place, with perfomances of artists like Alfred Brendel, Emerson-Quartet, Michael Schade, Robert Holl, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Keenlyside, Paul Lewis.

In Schwarzenberg Angelika Kauffmann grew up. She is broadly acknowledged as the most important female painter in 18. Century. In Schwarzenberg her father, also a painter, taught her and helped her to create her first paintings. In the church of the village there are mural paintings of father and daughter to admire. The concert hall is named after her.

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