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Nottingham Castle Christmas Countdown Clock: Day 4

Welcome to the Nottingham Castle Christmas Countdown, where each night, we’ll be sharing an item from the world-class collections in the Castle’s Galleries in the lead up to Christmas.

'Love's Oracle', Albert Ritzberger (1853–1915), Nottingham City Museums & Galleries
‘Love’s Oracle’, Albert Ritzberger (1853–1915), Nottingham City Museums & Galleries


Welcome to day 4 of the Nottingham Castle Christmas Countdown Clock. Today, we have ‘Love’s Oracle’ by Albert Ritzberger. Albert came from a family of teachers and began his career in teaching, too. He exhibited his first drawings at an art dealership in Linz. His chalk portraits enabled him to study at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule with Ferdinand Laufberger in 1876/77, and then at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Vienna (1879 to 1884) with Heinrich von Angeli. [3]

‘Love’s Oracle’ shows a woman pointing to a card with a heart on it as she reads the fortune of another, who hides her face and smiles.

[3] “Albert Ritzberger – Artvee”, Artvee, 2021 < >[Accessed 28 September 2021].

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