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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
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
June to August
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
September to May
Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission till half an hour before closing time.
The Kunsthistorische Museum Wien is open on December 22, 2014.Holiday opening hours