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Glimpses into the Princely Collections
The Hungarian painter Károly Markó was born in Locse (now Levoca) in present-day Slovakia. He travelled to Vienna, later settling in Rome and Florence. The Italianate Landscape in the Evening Sun is typical of the paintings produced during his time in Italy. The Arcadian mood and the gentle sunlight echo works of the leading representatives of the 17th-century artists, Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain, but also reveal the influence of the successive generation of landscape painters in Rome.
In a spreading landscape, children and women accompanied by goats and carrying musical instruments and sheaves of corn seem to be wending their way home from their work in the fields. At the centre of the picture the river descends over a small waterfall, while further back a classical ruin emphasises the harmonious composition of the idealised landscape. Signed and dated by the artist, this work was re-acquired by Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein for the Princely Collections in 2009.
Landscape painter Josef Höger was closely connected with the Princely House of Liechtenstein through the numerous commissions he received from the family. As a result, an incredible body of his work in watercolor has been preserved in the collections. In his paintings, Höger documented the family's assets. He also frequently accompanied Prince Alois II von Liechtenstein on his travels, and therefore assumed a very special status. He captured the countries and landscapes through which they travelled, sometimes with astonishingly quick and fresh sketches, but sometimes also in large, detailed presentation drawings that demonstrate the full extent of his skill. Höger's views of Salzkammergut play an important role here. In his work, the artist painted cities such as Bad Ischl, Gmunden and Hallstatt, as well as the surrounding landscapes in which everyday life in the region is always depicted.
The great stables in Eisgrub are still one of the most magnificent buildings in this complex today. Their impressive size and status once earned them the nickname 'Schloss der Rosse' ('Palace of Horses'). In 1687, the distinguished architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, whose initial design consisted of a four-wing facility with eight stables, each accommodating 24 horses, was commissioned with constructing the building. However, the fourth wing was never built.
'Belonging' is a human motivator for the LGT Group. At LGT Vestra, we believe that our stakeholders share this sentiment and feel they belong to the LGT Vestra 'family'. 2018 marks ten years since we were founded. To celebrate this milestone, we have created a commemorative essay on the theme of 'belonging', which provides a brief history of our firm and explores the idea of belonging from a philosophical point of view and in the context of LGT Vestra.
Our owners, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, belong to one of Europe’s oldest noble houses. As a successful entrepreneurial family, it has a distinctly long-term perspective that is reflected pictorially in the Princely Collections.