Special exhibition: WE, FREDERICK III & MAXIMILIAN I – Their World and Their Times

Special exhibition: WE, FREDERICK III & MAXIMILIAN I – Their World and Their Times

Opened until 1 November 2022

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During last year's museum season, two emperors who lived in the era when the Middle Ages began to be supplanted by the Renaissance found a home in the Gothic Museum; these were Frederick III and Maximilian I of the Habsburg dynasty – father and son. This complex topic will be subject to a second showing in 2022 as you will see.

The exhibition proved exceptionally popular with our visitors and we received many requests to extend it. For this reason, we have decided to again recreate the world and era of these two monarchs, this time with different arrangements of objects, through additional viewpoints and also with the help of recently obtained new exhibits. To admire will be more than 200 items from the holdings of Admont Abbey, the Mayer Private Collection and important works that have been provided on loan from Austria, South Tyrol and Germany. These will enable visitors to explore in depth the life and work of these two Habsburgs and the time of upheaval and radical change in which they lived. In this special exhibition you will encounter powerful, symbolic items steeped in history: portraits, examples of dining culture, weapons of war and hunting, sculptures both sacred and secular, numismatic gems, carved stone escutcheons, funerary hatchments, epigraphic documents, illuminated deeds and seals, important manuscripts and examples of handicrafts created when craftsmanship was at its peak.

CULTURAL HERITAGE BROUGHT TO LIFE and the exhibits will be impressively and extensively brought to life in accompanying video talks given by a range of experts. These items that have come down to us through the centuries have their own stories to tell – just pause to listen, and you will hear them! Also available will be a general catalogue of the exhibition with contributions by 50 authors. In addition to descriptions of the exhibits, this will include an essay section in which fundamental aspects of the special exhibition will be discussed from various viewpoints.

(up from 8th Century)

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