Maria Theresia and the art

30 Jun 2017 – 5 Nov 2017

Lower Belvedere

Vienna, Austria


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The Belvedere takes the 300th birthday of Maria Theresia as an occasion to illuminate its relationship to the visual arts. In doing so, exciting details come to light.


In her art, Maria Theresia was very free and untrained. In the first place, she did not seek to expand the collections of historical art, but she occupied contemporary representatives of all the metiers, thus demonstrating a very progressive understanding of art.
The exhibition focuses on all the art genres that were important at the time. These include portrait painting and portrait sculpture, which primarily served the representation of the imperial house. The allegorical paintings and ceiling frescoes in the various buildings had the same purpose. In addition, the areas of landscape painting and sculpture are shown in which outstanding works were created during their reign. Finally, the Belvedere itself comes into focus: for the decision to place the imperial gallery in it still fell into Maria Theresa's reign. An exhibition that reveals new aspects of the contemplation, apart from the usual historical representations of the famous Habsburg ruler.


The exhibition is curated by Dr. Georg Lechner. 


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