In the 17th century, in the area that is now present-day Austria, it was mainly foreign artists that acquired great notoriety. It is only towards the end of the century that one is able to speak of High Baroque Austrian painting. Besides Martino Altomonte, its representatives were in particular the pupils of the German-Venetian Johann Carl Loth; and included Johann Michael Rottmayr, Hans Adam Weissenkircher, Johann Carl von Reslfeld and last but not least, Peter Strudel, who was a celebrated painter during his lifetime and established a protoacademy to ensure that young artists received an education. The Viennese Academy of Creative Arts was later to emerge from this academy, at which specialists of all genres taught.
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