Albert Figdor

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Albert Figdor around 1920
Hieronymus Bosch : “The Prodigal Son” from the Albert Figdor Collection, acquired by Jacques Goudstikker in Berlin in 1930

Albert Figdor (born May 16, 1843 in Baden , Lower Austria ; † February 22, 1927 in Vienna ) was an Austrian banker and art collector .


Albert Figdor was the son of the Viennese merchant and banker Ferdinand Figdor (1805–1876). The violinist Joseph Joachim was his cousin. He studied law, did his PhD, and entered his family's banking business. Among other things, he was involved in financing the construction of the Gotthard Railway .

He began collecting works of art at an early age, specializing mainly in applied arts . He was supported by the art historian Alois Riegl, among others . Unique pieces of excellent quality were always found in the context of pieces of the same art direction. A donation to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, which opened in 1891, was not made. Figdor bequeathed his collections to Heidelberg. However, the collection could not be carried out. At auctions in Vienna and Berlin in 1930, which were enforced by the export ban, only a small proportion came to Viennese museums.

The side part of a winged altar from his collection, which was created around the turn of the 16th century and shows a descent from the cross, has not yet been directly assigned to any painter, which is why the artist is referred to with his emergency name as the master of the Figdor descent from the cross .


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