Academy of Fine Arts presents show on fact and fiction in history painting

Poor ask for bread, and because the authorities are in a particularly good mood today, they get something even more substantial: an exhibition. This satirical cartoon by John Leech from 1843 welcomes the new exhibition in the Picture Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. History Tales. Fact and Fiction in History Painting opens this Wednesday and explores the representation of historical events in painting. The time frame is broadly defined, from Lucas Cranach in the 16th century to Alexander Kluge in 2023. One undertakes a foray through history that even begins in antiquity.