Masterpieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, a major exhibition of nearly 100 exceptional Old Master paintings, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, and arms and armor from the royal collection of Europe’s Habsburg Dynasty housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition will be on view in Atlanta from October 18, 2015 to January 10, 2016.
Masterpieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna is being organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The exhibition will tell the magisterial story of the Habsburg Dynasty and will feature several Habsburg rulers, including Maximlian I, Rudolf I, Maria Theresa, Emperor Joseph II, Leopold, and Franz Joseph, as some of the most important art collectors in the history of the world. The fate of Austria and large parts of Europe was inseparably linked to that of the House of Habsburg. Not only were the Habsburgs the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, but they also through more than 500 years (16th – early 20th century) of inheritance and marriage gradually rose to become the most powerful dynasty on the continent.
The Habsburgs invited the leading artists of their time like Giorgione, Titian, Arcimboldo, Vélazquez, and Rubens to their court to create works that would propagate the glory and splendor of the dynasty. The Habsburgs were masters of public relations and amassed a substantial collection of art and antiquities, which helped to demonstrate a direct lineage to the Roman Empire.