It starts in the middle of the 18th century with Johann Alexander Thiele, the first important landscape painter to dedicate himself to this rocky scenery. At that time, the Dresden Art Academy was also founded, and soon attracted the best painters to the area.
The strange landscape just out of the city became more and more appreciated as an object of artistic studies. Two Swiss painters, Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, decide to call the region “Saxon Switzerland”.
At the beginning of the 19th century, a new aesthetic movement began taking hold of Europe: Romanticism. In reaction to the cold rationalism of the Enlightenment, artists were searching for a more emotional, mystical and transcendental approach. And they found it all in abundance in the wilderness of Saxon Switzerland.