Hubert Sattler, The El Castillo Temple near Tulum (Mexico), 1856

Salzburg Museum – Guest performance in the north oratory of the DomQuartier

While Johann Michael Sattler – painter of the famous Sattler panorama – created views of the city and country of Salzburg, his son Hubert Sattler brought back impressions from his travels around the world. For a long time, traveling was a privilege. At the beginning of the 19th century, the world became more accessible to people, at least in a virtual way: People got to know foreign lands through peep-boxes, panoramas and cosmoramas.

Hubert Sattler understood his cosmoramas primarily as an educational tool and endeavored to emphasize this in his accompanying texts with precise topographical and historical information. The illusionism, originally enhanced by an optical device, the so called “Guckkasten”, transported the viewer to the furthest regions of the world. From 1840 to 1870, Sattler displayed his travel paintings in numerous cities, and from 1850 to 1852 also with great success in the United States.

The presentation in the north oratory of the DomQuartier Salzburg shows sacred places and places of worship of various denominations from ancient times to the 19th century. The selection of works follows Hubert Sattler’s travel routes and therefore his personal interests. The exhibition displays nineteen cosmoramas from four continents (Europe, Africa, North America, Asia) and, for the first time, drawings and sketches created on location.


Hubert Sattler after David Roberts, Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai (Egypt), 1845 © Salzburg Museum

Under the title “Salzburg Museum – Gastspiel”, the Salzburg Museum is hosting its own exhibitions in various Salzburg institutions during the closure period due to the general renovation and location expansion.

With that in the North Oratory, the works of father and son Sattler remain visible, even if the Panorama Museum is currently closed.