Emperor Charles V

ca. 1555, Artist: Leone Leoni



Emperor Charles V

Here Leoni portrayed Charles V in the armour that he had worn at the victorious Battle of Mühlberg in 1547. Therefore, he created a bust that shows the entire upper body of the emperor. The figures on the plinth have reference to the wise and victorious Imperator (eagle, Mars, Minerva). Rudolf II acquired the bust for his Kunstkammer and chose it as the model for his own portrait.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXI

Object data

Object Name

portrait head; bust




ca. 1555


Leone Leoni (um 1509 Arezzo - 1590 Mailand) - GND




H. 113 cm, B. 59 cm, T. 36 cm; 75 kg

Standfläche: B. 33 cm, T. 30 cm, H. 2,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 5504


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