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News: High Museum to show Habsburg treasures from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum

Hans Holbein: Jane Seymour, ca. 536-1537, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
Hans Holbein: Jane Seymour, ca. 1536–1537, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

The High Museum has made relationships with great European museums, such as the Louvre and the Mauritius, the cornerstone of its exhibition programs. Announced today, it has struck up a new partner: the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections, which will run October 18, 2015, to January 17, 2016, will showcase works from the collection of the Habsburg Dynasty — the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and other rulers who, like the Medicis, were outsized art patrons. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will precede the High on the exhibition’s tour.

Prince’s Dress Carriage c. 1750/55 Wood, gold, braids, metal, leather, velvet, glass,Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
Prince’s Dress Carriage,
ca. 1750–1755;
Wood, gold, braids, metal, leather, velvet, glass. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Like the sprawling Austrian museum, the show is a soup-to-nuts affair. The heart, to my mind, is the paintings by such Old Masters as Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian and Velázquez. It will also include Greek and Roman antiquities and objects of royal pomp, among them court costumes and an elaborately decorated carriage (continuing the High’s motifs of transportation, such as Dream Cars opening May 21).

On home page; Titian’s Danaë, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Click here to view more works from the collection. 

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