Antique portraits in ViennasPreparation of a scientific collection catalogue of the portrait sculptures of the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
The project team:
The project team is composed of a classical archaeologist (Dr Manuela Laubenberger) and an art historian (Dr Ulrike Müller-Kaspar) who are responsible for the scientific processing of the portraits; a classical archaeologist (HR Dr Alfred Bernhard-Walcher) responsible for the history of the collection and three-person team of restorers (head: Mag. Viktor Freiberger, Mag. Brigitte Proll and Alexander Freiberger). The analysis of binders and supplementary materials is carried out by employees of the scientific laboratory (head: DI Dr Martina Griesser and Dr Vaclav Pitthard). The photographic studio of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (head Stefan Zeisler) undertakes the photographic documentation.
Cooperation partners are an internationally renowned research institution (Vienna, Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut with Dr Maria Aurenhammer) and two major European museums (Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado with Dr Stephan Schröder and München, Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek with Prof Dr Raimund Wünsche). The collections of the latter two museums can be compared to the Viennese collection in that they have similar origins - namely in royal estates - and functions (such as decoration). We expect methodical suggestions and a lively exchange of experience in the discussion of similar questions.
The project complies with the guidelines of the research strategy of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and contributes to the internationalisation of Austrian museum research.