Italian art played a seminal role in Austrian baroque painting. Many Austrian artists drew inspiration from their
training in Italy. Due to the Ottoman Wars in the
17th century, cultural development began later in Austria. Apart from the aristocracy, the main commissions for
artists came from the clergy, who
expanded their monasteries into baroque residences which were total art-works in
themselves. In the mid-18th century, under the influence of French
pastoral scenes, Baroque evolved into Rococo.