Exhibition | Habsburg Splendor

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on September 6, 2014


The Prince’s Dress Carriage, ca. 1750–55
(Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum)

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It’s still too early to get a good sense of what’s included from the eighteenth century, but we’re sure to hear lots more about the exhibition in the coming months, particularly if you live anywhere near Minneapolis, Houston, or Atlanta. It really should be an extraordinary show.CH

Press release (18 April 2014) from the MFAH:

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 15 February — 10 May 2015
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 14 June — 13 September 2015
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 18 October 2015 — 17 January 2016

Curated by Monica Kurzel-Runtscheiner

In 2015, a major American collaboration will bring masterworks amassed by one of the longest-reigning European dynasties to the United States. Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections showcases masterpieces and rare objects from the collection of the Habsburg Dynasty—the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and other powerful rulers who commissioned extraordinary artworks now in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The exhibition, largely composed of works that have never traveled outside of Austria, will be on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA); the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Debuting in Minneapolis in February 2015 before traveling to Houston and Atlanta, Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections explores the dramatic rise and fall of the Habsburgs’ global empire, from their political ascendance in the late Middle Ages to the height of their power in the 16th and 17th centuries, the expansion of the dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries to its end in 1918 with the conclusion of World War I. The 93 artworks and artifacts that tell the story include arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects, and paintings by such masters as Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez. Key masterpieces that have never before traveled to the United States include:
The Crowning with Thorns (c. 1602/04) by Caravaggio
• A portrait of Jane Seymour (1536), Queen of England and third wife to Henry VIII, by Hans Holbein the Younger
Jupiter and Io (c. 1530/32) by Correggio . . . .

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections chronicles the Habsburgs’ story in three chapters, each featuring a three-dimensional “tableau”—a display of objects from the Habsburgs’ opulent court ceremonies—as context for the other works on view.

D A W N  O F  T H E  D Y N A S T Y

The first section features objects commissioned or collected by the Habsburgs from the 13th through the 16th centuries. In this late medieval/early Renaissance period, Habsburg rulers staged elaborate commemorative celebrations to demonstrate power and to establish their legitimacy to rule, a tradition that flourished during the reigns of Maximilian I and his heirs. Works from this era—including sabres and armor, tapestries, Roman cameos and large-scale paintings—illustrate the significance of war and patronage in expanding Habsburg influence and prestige.

Tableau: Suits of armor displayed on horseback, and jousting weapons from a royal tournament.

Highlights include:
• Armor of Emperor Maximilian I (c. 1492) made by Lorenz Helmschmid
• Bronze bust of Emperor Charles V (c. 1555) by Leone Leoni
• A rock crystal goblet made for Emperor Frederick III (1400–1450)

G O L D E N  A G E

The second and largest section of the exhibition highlights the apex of Habsburg rule, the Baroque Age of the 17th and 18th centuries. The dynasty used religion, works of art and court festivities to propagate its self-image and claim to rule during this politically tumultuous time. Paintings by Europe’s leading artists demonstrate the wealth and taste of the Habsburg rulers, while crucifixes wrought in precious metals and gems, as well as sumptuous ecclesiastical vestments, reflect the emperor’s role as defender of the Catholic faith.

Tableau: A procession featuring a Baroque ceremonial carriage and sleigh, with carvings by master craftsman Balthasar Ferdinand Moll.

Highlights include:
• An ivory tankard (1642) by Hans Jacob Bachmann
Infanta Maria Teresa (1652–53), a portrait of the daughter of Philip IV of Spain and eventual wife of Louis XIV of France, by Velázquez
• An alchemical medal (1677), illustrated with portraits in relief of the Habsburgs, by Johann Permann

T W I L I G H T  O F  T H E  E M P I R E

The exhibition concludes with works from the early 19th century, when the fall of the Holy Roman Empire gave rise to the hereditary Austrian Empire—a transition from the ancien régime to a modern state in which merit determined distinction and advancement. Franz Joseph, who would reign longer than any previous Habsburg, saw the growth of nationalism and ultimately ruled over a dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary. As heir to the Habsburg legacy—and in the spirit of public education and enrichment—he founded the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 1891. Reflecting the modernization of the Habsburg administration, the exhibition ends with a spectacular display of official court uniforms and dresses.

Tableau: Uniforms and women’s gowns from the court of Franz Joseph.

Highlights include:
• Campaign uniform of Franz Joseph (1907)
• A velvet dress made for Empress Elisabeth (c. 1860/65)
• An evening gown made for Princess Kinsky (c. 1905)
• Ceremonial dress of Crown Prince Otto for the Hungarian Coronation (1916)

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Monica Kurzel-Runtscheiner, director of the Imperial Carriage Museum, Vienna. The hosting curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is Kaywin Feldman, director. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the lead hosting curator is Dr. David Bomford, director of conservation; his curatorial team comprises Dr. Helga Aurisch, curator, European art, and Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi. At the High Museum of Art, the hosting curator is Dr. David A. Brenneman, director of collections and exhibitions and Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European art.

A full-color catalogue is being published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with essays by Dr. Monica Kurzel-Runtscheiner, director of the Imperial Carriage Museum, Vienna; Dr. Franz Pichorner, deputy director, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; and Dr. Stefan Krause, curator of arms and armor, Kunsthistorisches Museum. Additionally, a virtual exhibition of additional pieces will be viewable online, deepening the visitor experience and providing further opportunities for the public to engage with the art and its history.

A Brief History of the Habsburgs

The noble House of Habsburg rose to prominence in the late Middle Ages through strategic marriages, political alliances and conquest. In 1273, count Rudolph IV gained control of Germany as King of the Romans, and Habsburg domains continued to grow leading up to Pope Nicholas V’s coronation of Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor in 1452. Under Frederick’s son Maximilian I and his successor, Charles V, the Habsburgs achieved world-power status, assuming the title of emperor without papal consent and enfolding Spain and Burgundy into the Habsburg-controlled territories. The dynasty split into Spanish and Austrian branches shortly thereafter, and in the 17th and 18th centuries the male lines died out, resulting in the loss of Spain.

In 1740, Maria Theresa—the sole female Habsburg ruler, who reigned for a remarkable 40 years—seized control of the Austrian line to become the final ruler of the House of Habsburg. The early 19th century witnessed the final demise of the Holy Roman Empire and the establishment of the main Habsburg line’s successors: the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. A hundred years later, in 1916, Emperor Charles I inherited a dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy upon the death of longtime Emperor Franz Joseph. More than 600 years of Habsburg sovereignty came to an end in 1918 with the close of World War I.

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Scheduled for February publication with distribution by Yale UP:

Monica Kurzel-Runtscheiner, Franz Pichorner, and Stefan Krause, Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015), 296 pages, ISBN: 978-0300210866, $60.

This beautiful book tells the fascinating story of the Habsburg dynasty, which ruled most of central Europe, Spain, Belgium, and parts of Italy for nearly six hundred years, from the 15th through the 20th century. Charles V (1500–1558) once remarked that the sun never set on the Habsburg Empire, and for most of its history, Vienna served as its capital. The Habsburgs were acclaimed collectors and generous patrons of the arts. Franz Joseph I (1830–1916), the penultimate emperor of the dynasty, created the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to house the artistic treasures of the empire. Today, this museum possesses one of the most renowned collections in the world of Western art. An extraordinarily wide-ranging survey of the Habsburgs’ collections, this volume features classical Greek and Roman works, medieval arms and armor, tapestries, early modern painting and craftwork, ceremonial gilded carriages, and opulent costumes. Together, they reveal the splendor and the spectacle of the Habsburg court.

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Conference | Scholars’ Monuments

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 6, 2014

From Vienna’s Institut für Kunstgeschichte:

Scholars’ Monuments: Historical Meaning and Cultural Significance
Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Wien, Vienna, 24–26 September 2014

Registration due by 17 September 2014

ProgrammeDer Arkadenhof der Universität Wien stellt mit seinen über 150 Gelehrtendenkmälern eine der größten und qualitätsvollsten Ehrenhallen Europas dar. Aus welcher Tradition heraus entstand dieser akademische Gedenkort? Welche Repräsentationsformen nutzten die Künstler, um die Wissenschaftler zu charakterisieren? Und welche zeitgemäße Darstellungsform eignet sich zur überfälligen Ehrung von weiblichen Gelehrten?

Im Rahmen dieser internationalen Tagung am Institut für Kunstgeschichte werden aktuelle, kunst- und kulturhistorische Forschungspositionen zu Gelehrtendenkmälern zusammengetragen und im Spiegel des Arkadenhofs der Wiener Universität reflektiert. Die Tagungsbeiträge nähern sich der Gelehrtenmemoria aus unterschiedlichen methodischen Richtungen und Disziplinen (Kunstgeschichte, Zeitgeschichte, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, cultural memory studies, gender studies). In diesem Rahmen wird nicht nur die Tradition universitärer Ehrenhallen als Funktionsgedächtnis sichtbar, sondern anhand der Auswahl (und Ausgrenzung) von WissenschaftlerInnen lassen sich zeit- und wissenschaftshistorische Konflikte aufdecken. Diese zeigen sich besonders markant bei politisch-ideologisch und gender-spezifisch motivierter Ausgrenzung. So beleuchtet die Tagung nicht nur die lange Wissenschaftstradition der Universität Wien, sondern wirkt mit ihrem Interesse für die Zukunft dieses Gedenkorts auch identitätsstiftend für die scientific community des 21. Jahrhunderts.

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten unter scholarsmonuments.kunstgeschichte@univie.ac.at.

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M I T T W O C H ,  2 4  S E P T E M B E R

12:00  Registrierung

13:00  Begrüßung durch Franz Kainberger, Präsident der Gesellschaft der Ärzte in Wien

13:05  Ingeborg Schemper-Sparholz (Wien), Begrüßung und Einführung „… wie dies auch …in der Bologneser Universität, im campo santo zu Pisa usw. geschehen ist.“ Zur italienischen Tradition des universitären Gelehrtendenkmals und seiner Vorbildwirkung für den Arkadenhof der Universität Wien.

13:50  Julia Rüdiger (Wien), Die (zwei) Körper des Arztes. Repräsentationsformen und -funktionen des Medizinerdenkmals

14:30  Kaffeepause

14:45  Bernd Ernsting (Köln), The Portable Scholar’s Monument. Des (Kunst-)Gelehrten Denkmal im Frontispiz seiner Schriften

15:30  Hans Christian Hönes (London), Ein Denkmal für das Vergessen. Gelehrtenmemoria im antiquarischen Diskurs um 1800

16:15  Pause / Möglichkeit zur Besichtigung des Arkadenhofs der Universität Wien

17:30  Eröffnung und Begrüßungsworte des Rektors

18:00  Caroline Mang, Cigdem Özel (Wien), Präsentation des Wikis u:monuments zu den Denkmälern im Arkadenhof

18:30  Festvortrag: Malcolm Baker (Riverside), “A puissant spurre”: Authors, Scholars and the Exemplary Role of the Portrait Bust in the Eighteenth Century

D O N N E R S T A G ,  2 5  S E P T E M B E R

9:00  Maria Pötzl-Malikova (München), Die Anfänge der Gelehrtenehrung an der Wiener Universität und die Bildnisse des Nicolaus von Jacquin

9:45  Hubert Szemethy (Wien), Das Thun-Exner-Bonitz-Denkmal im Arkadenhof der Wiener Universität

10:30  Kaffeepause

10:45  Andrea Mayr (Wien), Der Medailleur als Bildhauer. Das Porträtmedaillon als Form des Gelehrtendenkmals im Arkadenhof

11:30  Thomas Maisel (Wien), Damnatio memoriae im Arkadenhof der Universität Wien. Die Beschädigung und Entfernung von Denkmälern während der NS-Herrschaft

12:15  Mittagspause

13:30  Martin Engel (Wien), Zeitgemäß – Die Porträtbüsten an der Universität Wien nach 1945

14:15  Silvia Schmitt-Maaß (Leipzig), Unbequemer Gelehrter, eingehegtes Genie? Eine Büste für Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz im Augusteum der Universität Leipzig

15:00  Kaffeepause

15:15, Angelika Keune (Berlin), Von Alexander von Humboldt bis Lise Meitner. Denkmalsetzungen für Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen von 1883 bis 2014 an der Berliner Universität Unter den Linden

16:00  Sigrid Ruby (Gießen), Konventionen, Besonderheiten und das Prinzip der Serie: Gelehrtengedenken in der Universitätsstadt Gießen

16:45  Pause

18:00  Podiumsdiskussion: Formen der Gelehrtenehrung im 21. Jahrhundert — Moderation: Mechtild Widrich (Basel/Chicago), Impulsreferate von der Künstlerin Marianne Maderna (Wien) zu ihrer Installation Radical Busts: 33 Büsten berühmter Frauen – gegenüber den Büsten honorierter Männer (2015) und von Taylor Acosta (Minneapolis) über das Thema When Documents Were Monuments: Thomas Hirschhorn’s Archival Architecture

F R E I T A G ,  2 6  S E P T E M B E R

9:00 Sara Ayres, Annabel Elton (London), The Scholar’s Portrait: Contemporary Commissioning in England’s Old and New Universities

9:45  Grégoire Extermann (Genf), James Pradier und die Hommage an die intellektuelle Genfer Elite

10:30  Kaffeepause

10:45  Géza Galavics, Bálint Ugry (Budapest), Auf der Suche nach Räumen und Formen der Memoria – Erscheinungsformen der Gelehrtendenkmäler in Ungarn

11:30  Jeanette Kohl (Riverside), „Denkmal in des Wortes eigentlichster Bedeutung“: The Salutati Tomb in

12:15  Antonella Mampieri (Bologna), To Fame and Glory: Bologna Municipal Cemetery and Its Pantheon as a Continuation of the Traditional Celebration of Great Men

13:00  Mittagspause

14:15  Elena Catra (Venedig), Il Pantheon dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia

15:00  Pietro Conte (Mailand), Der Körper als Monument. Benthams Auto-Ikone und die Frage nach dem hyperrealistischen Gelehrtenporträt

15:45  Kaffeepause

16:00  Heidrun Rosenberg (Wien), Bilder der Magnifizenz. Zur Rektorengalerie der Wiener Universität

16:45  Astrid Ackermann (Jena), Stefanie Freyer (Osnabrück), Professorenporträts in Bild und Stein – Wandel und Kontinuitäten der Jenaer materiellen Gelehrtenmemoria

17:30  Schlussdiskussion


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