was the first retrospective of the artist in Austria. Organized by Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and curated by Jasper Sharp, the exhibition included 46 paintings on canvas and paper. The show built upon the museum’s 2018 exhibition The Shape of Time: Old Masters in Conversation with Modern Art
, also curated by Sharp, which juxtaposed Rothko and Rembrandt. Rothko’s knowledge of the history of art and architecture was established by frequent visits to the Metropolitan Museum and his European travels in 1950, 1959, and 1966. The selection of paintings was intended to make clear connections between Rothko and old master works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others in the Kunsthistorisches’ historical collection, which spans from antiquity through the nineteenth century.