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Contests in Ore

The Portrait Medal in the German Renaissance

Easy to reproduce, transport and distribute, portrait medals provide a unique “Who’s Who” of the 16th century. Together with painting, sculpture and prints, medals played a seminal role in the art of German-speaking countries at the beginning of the Modern Era.

This is the first exhibition to offer a comprehensive survey of the cultural-historical spectrum, the complex mediality, and the dynamic geography of medals produced and circulated in German-speaking countries in the early Modern Era. The world of medals and their cousins, small-scale portraits, documents that German Renaissance art also functions as an arena for diverse forms of rivalry, cultural exchange and competing media.



3. June 2014
to 25. January 2015

Coin Collection
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
2nd Floor
Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
täglich 10 – 18 Uhr

September bis Mai
Di – So, 10 – 18 Uhr
Einlass ist jeweils bis eine halbe Stunde vor Schließzeit!

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is open on Austrian National Day October 26, 2014. Enjoy reduced entrance fees at all our museum locations!Holiday opening hours

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