The director of imperial buildings, Gundacker Count Althann, is presenting Charles VI with the inventory of the imperial art collections. The occasion for this paean to a Baroque ruler was the concentration and redisplay of the Habsburg artworks in Vienna’s Stallburg. The emperor commissioned this picture from the most important Neapolitan painter, Francesco Solimena. The portrait heads of Charles and his director of buildings were added in Vienna by the painter Johann Gottfried Auerbach.
Johann Gottfried Auerbach (Porträtköpfe Karls VI. und Graf Althann) (1687 Mühlhausen - 1743 Wien) - GND
309 x 284 cm
Inscribed on the bottom left of the base: F. SOLIMENA
Auf dem Inventar die Inschrift: IMP:ROM:CAROLO:PYNACOTHECAE RESTAVRATORI AVGVSTO FELICI:OBSEQVIO AEDIL:PRAEF:COM: ALTHANN. 1728
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1728 to Vienna
Kaiser Karl VI. Sohn des Leopold I. von Habsburg Österreich (1685 - 1740) - GND
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