Running until 7th October 2018, this large-scale special exhibition at Ambras Castle, Innsbruck focuses on three remarkable Renaissance women, rulers and collectors of the House of Habsburg engaged in the arts: Margaret of Austria (1480-1530), Mary of Hungary (1505-1558), and Catherine of Austria (1507-1578). This will be the first comparative analysis of courtly female patronage will be undertaken.
This high-calibre exhibition presents some one hundred works from important European collections, including objects from Ambras Castle, Innsbruck and outstanding pieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.
The major special exhibition is curated by Dagmar Eichberger and Annemarie Jordan Gschwend and will be accompanied by a catalogue in German/English.
Echt tierisch! Die Menagerie des Fürsten / Real Animals! Princely Menageries
Where: Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck
When: Opens 18 June 2015
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck holds special annual exhibitions focusing on art and cultural historical themes related to the founder of the Ambras collections, the Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol (1529-1595), to which 50,000 national and international guests attend.
The 2015 exhibition centres on the importance of animals and gardens at royal courts in the 16th and 17th century, especially the menageries in Portugal, Spain, Austria, Italy and Southern Germany.
At the Habsburg courts and those of other princes – like the Medici in Florence and the Wittelsbach in Munich -, birds, elegant dogs and horses cavorted, as did wild exotica that had traveled great distances. This exhibition highlights not only the acquisition and importance of these animals as objects of prestige and as specimens of natural history, but also their portrayal in art. The impact of naturalia, such as ivory, bezoar stones and rhinoceros horn which entered princely Kunstkammers as rarities, will also be thematised. On display are precious kunstkammer objects, paintings, drawings and engravings, among them extraordinary animals studies and portraits by Albrecht Dürer, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Georg Hoefnagel.
100+ objects will be on show, including loans from the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Albertina of Vienna, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and the Maximilianmuseum in Augsburg.
Also visit the Schloss Ambras’s magnificent Spanish Hall.Also visit the Schloss Ambras’s magnificent Spanish Hall.