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Liechtenstein Museum



Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640):Venus in Front of the MirorOil on woodHeight: 122.9 cmWidth: 97.6Photo courtesy of Liechtenstein Museum
Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640):
Venus in Front of the Miror
Oil on wood
Height: 122.9 cm
Width: 97.6
Photo courtesy of Liechtenstein Museum
Liechtenstein Museum
AUSTRIA
VIENNA  •  Liechtenstein Museum  •  Ongoing
 
 
One of the world’s most important private art collections will be open to the public again on a permanent basis. Major European works of art spanning four centuries will be on display, including paintings by Brueghel, Rubens, Van Dyck and Rembrandt. They are joined by an equally significant collection of 16th and 17th century bronzes and precious hunting weapons, tapestries, furniture and porcelain — objects which once adorned the Princely Family’s castles and palaces.

The Liechtenstein Family is one of the oldest still existing noble families. With Hugo of Liechtenstein, a bearer of this name is first mentioned in 1136. Karl of Liechtenstein was raised in 1608 to the hereditary rank of prince and was thereby the first prince of Liechtenstein.

Prince Johann Adam Andreas acquired in 1699 the lordship of Schellenberg and in 1712 the county of Vaduz. In 1719 the Emperor Karl VI unified Vaduz and Schellenberg and elevated them to the rank of Imperial Principality Liechtenstein. Thereby the Principality of Liechtenstein was established.

Until 1938 the princes of Liechtenstein lived in Vienna and Moravia. They had important functions in the military and diplomacy domains of the Habsburg Monarchy and administrated their extensive properties in Lower Austria, Bohemia, Silesia and Moravia.

In 1938 Prince Franz Joseph II was the first prince to reside in Liechtenstein.

Liechtenstein Museum Web Site


Contact: Fürstengasse 1
1090 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 319 57 67-252

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