Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

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  • Country: Austria
  • City: Vienna
  • Address: Furstengasse 1

The Liechtenstein Museum is a collection of artistic works from the ancient princes of the house of Lichtenstein. Its location was a Palace in the suburbs of Vienna on Furstengasse.

The formation of the collection began in the 17th century when Prince Charles Evseeva Liechtenstein. His successors continued the tradition of his ancestor and did not stop to collect unique paintings by such painters as Rubens, Raphael, Mantegna.

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The diamond collection was a painting by Leonardo da Vinci “Portrait of Ginevra de ‘Benci”. Unfortunately, in 1967 she was sold at auction for five million dollars.

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Generic case

In addition, in the collection of Prince Liechtenstein is full of rare books, sculptures, paintings, Florentine mosaics, tapestries, prints, carved ivory, enamels, silver, furniture, porcelain, coins and medals.

All this wealth began to gather the representative of the princely family of Hartmann von Liechtenstein, whose main passion was books. When the near relative of Karl I von Liechtenstein collection began to replenish with new works of art, and even the then Emperor Rudolf II was not as many rarities as the representatives of a noble Austrian family.

Subsequently, each new generation of Lichtenstein was added to the family collection, in accordance with their tastes and preferences, until the mid-20th century. Now in the Museum of Lichtenstein can be seen in virtually all areas of classical art and art of the European Baroque, the Austrian Biedermeier or French Rococo.

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The geographic spread of the exposition is impressive. This Flemish Baroque from the North, and the work of Italian masters of painting and sculpture from the South, and the picture directions, is considered. All this splendor is crowned with an artistic image of species Liechtenstein, thanks to which today’s generation of art lovers can enjoy the works of outstanding masters of the past. The exhibition presents more than 1600 works of art.

Among the “Northern” school of painting in the exhibition one can mention the works of Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck. The “southern” part of the collection belongs to the brush of Guido Reni, Church of San Francesine and Canaletto.

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Conflicts of the new era

Before the war, the collection of the princely family of Liechtenstein was put on public display. In March 2004 the Museum was opened again for visitors. The representatives of the family, which for several centuries had collected the pearls of world art, planned to add to their exhibition of paintings from the collections of such notable Austrian birth, and as Borromei Harrachi, it would take about three hundred thousand visitors each year. In 2009, part of a collection of Lichtenstein was shown in the Russian Pushkin Museum.

In 2011, in connection with the decline in the number of visitors, the Museum of Lichtenstein was closed to public access. Today to arrange a tour of this unique place, are kindly requested to negotiate with its owners.

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