Vienna's Imperial Collections
This exhibition takes viewers on a journey that explores six hundred
years of art collecting by the Habsburg family, one of Europe's most
powerful and long-lived dynasties. The Habsburgs served as emperors
of the Holy Roman Empire, the highest secular authority in medieval
and Renaissance Europe. Centered in Vienna, Austria, their empire
extended to the Americas as well.
All of the works in this exhibition come from the Kunsthistorisches
Museum in Vienna, Austria, built by Emperor Franz Josef to house the
imperial collections. The Habsburgs commissioned and collected some
of the world's most splendid paintings, sculptures, decorative arts,
arms and armor, and even ceremonial carriages, most of which have
never been exhibited in North America.
Habsburg spectacle and performance were legendary. Generation after
generation, Habsburg rulers bid for their subjects' respect and
loyalty—and won it—through the collection, creation, and display of
spectacular architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts.
Today, Habsburg splendor can be experienced in the empire's former
capital cities of Vienna, Madrid, Budapest, and Prague as well as in
smaller cities throughout Europe.
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the leading art museum in the Southeastern United
Austria is: The Heritage of the Hapsburgs
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