HiddenTreasures
Lecture Series

Princely Treasures

Friday, October 28
11:00 a.m.

Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg

Fabergé Guest Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lecturer, and Author, New York

Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg
Benvenuto Cellini, Saliera, 1540-43. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Beginning in the late 16th century, Kunstkammern (literally “art chambers,” also referred to as “cabinets of curiosities”) were formed by princes for their own personal pleasure to share but with a select few. These predecessors of museums also served didactic purposes. They often contained some of the most valuable unalienable heirlooms of a family. Illuminating the hidden collections of the Ambras Castle of Archduke Ferdinand II, the Hradshin in Prague of Emperor Rudolf II, and the Munich Residenz of the Wittelsbach dukes, von Habsburg will acquaint us with the passion with which royalty obtained and vied with each other over their treasures.

In collaboration with the French Heritage Society, The Royal Oak Foundation, and Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. Booksigning to follow.

Benvenuto Cellini, Saliera, 1540-43. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.