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A Passion for Art

A Passion for Art The Collections of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm Intermezzo 06 In 2014 we celebrate the four-hundreth birthday of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (1614-1662). His excepional and comprehensive collection forms a seminal part for the rich holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The son of Emperor Ferdinand II was a connoisseur and a patron of the arts who seized the moment

History of the collection

History of the collection The Picture Gallery had its origins in the 16th and 17th centuries and by the end of the 18th century already existed for the most part in its present form. Great collectors of the House of Habsburg, such as Archduke Ferdinand II (1529–1595), Emperor Rudolf II (1552–1612) and Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (1614–1662), determined in a decisive and lasting manner

Point of View #11

Point of View #11 Joachim von Sandrart‘s Mystic Marriage - Two Gifts in One To commemorate the 400th birthday of Archduke Leopold William (1614-1662), the founder of the Picture Gallery, we are showcasing a small panel dedicated to him by Joachim von Sandrart (Frankfurt/Main 1606 – 1688 Nuremberg), the celebrated German painter and writer on art. In many ways this is a highly

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Taste David Teniers the Younger, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery at Brussels, c. 1650, KHM, Gemäldegalerie The former imperial collections were assembled neither by objective criteria nor with an aspiration to comprehensiveness. Instead, they reflected—as indeed they continue to do today—the personal taste of the collectors and the political

Point of View #20

The choice of a technique and handling unusual for Venice but generally associated with artists from north of the Alps long influenced the attribution of the painting, which is first mentioned in the inventory of the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (1659) where it is listed as a work by a Netherlandish master. Art historians first studied the painting in the late 1920s, and a subsequent...

History of the collection

of Medals and Antiquities in 1712. Heraeus was assigned the task of combining Ferdinand’s collection from the Court Library, the Treasury of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm housed at the Stallburg, and the Coin Collection of Ambras Castle in order to establish a unified imperial cabinet at a single location. Emperor Francis I Stephen of Lorraine (1708-1765), husband of Maria Theresia (1717-1780),...

Two alabaster statuettes from the Kunstkammer.

is first listed in the inventory of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm’s Kunstkammer compiled in 1659: “No 115. A nude Leda in full-length pose made of white marble, clasping the swan with both hands. Antico. Exactly 2 span high” (“No. 115. Ein nackhendte Leda gantzer Postur von weissen Marmel, welche mit beeden Händten ein Schwanen halt. Antico. Hoch 2 Span genaw”). 6 There can be no doubt that this...

Point of view #14

(Turkish “Topkapi Sarayi”) in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). Signed and dated 1659, this view of the main residence of the Ottoman Sultan is first mentioned that very year in the inventory of the collection assembled by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in Vienna. We do not know, however, if the passionate collector acquired the work on the art market, if he commissioned it, or if the artist...

History of the collection

outstanding works of the goldsmith’s and lapidary’s art dating from around 1660 as well as masterly bronzes had earlier been taken to Vienna, where they enhance the collection today. In the 17th century the holdings of the Kunstkammer of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (1614-1662) were added to the collection. He was the brother of Emperor Ferdinand III and regent of the Netherlands. While he is...


court painters - artists of the past criss-crossed Europe. But their works too boast lengthy itineraries and travel histories. The Kunsthistorisches Museum’s large and celebrated collection of Venetian paintings, for example, did not travel directly from Venice to Vienna. On the contrary, the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm assembled most of these paintings during his time as Regent of the Netherlands

Masterpieces from the Habsburg Cabinets of Art and Wonders

celebrated Kunstkammer, her so-called “Grotta”, in the Ducal Palace in Mantua and entered later via England the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm. The most outstanding ivory sculpture included in the exhibition is a virtuoso group representing Apollo and Daphne (1680/85). Based on a model by Bernini, it is the work of the Tyrolean ivory carver, Jacob Auer. From the collection of...

Selected masterpieces

Rubens Helena Fourment („Het Pelsken“) 1636/38 Artist: Peter Paul Rubens Self-Portrait 1638/40 Artist: Peter Paul Rubens Fish Market around 1621 Artist: Frans Snyders Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in His Gallery at Brussels around 1651

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