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Treasures of the Habsburgs

Franz Kirchweger

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Filled with lavish photographs and fascinating insights of the Habsburg dynasty and their lasting artistic legacy

Overview

The House of Habsburg was one of the wealthiest and most politically influential dynasties in Europe, and many of its members were also great collectors and patrons of the arts. Their love of magnificence in all its forms is reflected in the artistic quality and diversity of the objects in Vienna’s Kunstkammer, one of the most important collections of sculpture and decorative arts in the world and now part of the city’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.

In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, a Kunstkammer — or ‘chamber of art’ — was a place where the wonders of art, science and nature were brought together, a cabinet of curiosities in which spectacular products of nature were presented on equal footing with remarkable testimonies to human creativity.

This book features around a hundred and fifty of the masterpieces from the Habsburg collections, ranging from sublime works of sculpture and fine metalwork to exotic objects fashioned from ostrich eggs, nautilus shells, rhinoceros horns and shark’s teeth. Alongside the Saliera, Benvenuto Cellini’s famous golden salt cellar, and the masterful High Gothic sculpture known as the Krumau Madonna, are extraordinarily delicate works carved from ivory, gorgeous tapestries and mechanical marvels such as clocks and automata.

The emperors, princes and archdukes who shaped these collections wanted not only to create a sense of wonder in all who gazed upon them but also to symbolize their own dominion over the world. Filled with lavish photographs and fascinating insights, this is a worthy tribute to the Habsburgs and their lasting artistic legacy.

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'A lavish production full of wondrous objects … this book really does do justice to the work. Highly recommended'
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Further Details

Specifications

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 22 April 2013

ISBN: 9780500516805

Contents List

Preface by Sabine Haag and Franz Kirchweger • The Treasures of the House of Habsburg and the Kunstkammer: The History and the Holdings by Franz Kirchweger • The Objects • Bibliography and Sources

About the Author

Sabine Haag has been the General Director of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna since 2009.

Franz Kirchweger is a curator at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

List of Contributors

Sabine Haag, Franz Kirchweger, Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Paulus Rainer, Konrad Schlegel, Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur