LIECHTENSTEIN. THE PRINCELY COLLECTIONS, VADUZ—VIENNA
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Assembled over several centuries, the Collections of the Prince von und zu Liechtenstein are one of the most important private art collections in the world, holding around 1,600 paintings with masterpieces ranging from the early Renaissance to the second half of the nineteenth century, including works by Lukas Cranach the Elder, Quentin Massys, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Rudolf von Alt, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Friedrich von Amerling and Hans Makart.
Of equal art-historical importance is the collection of Italian bronzes with its focus on masterpieces from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Besides these outstanding paintings and sculptures the Princely Collections also possess important holdings of drawings and engravings, pietra dura objects, enamels, ivories, decorative weapons, porcelain, tapestries and furniture that once graced the interiors of the family’s residences. A selection of these can be seen in the two Viennese palaces in the Rossau quarter and the centre of the city as part of a guided tour of the permanent exhibition. Many of these works of art can also be seen around the world in temporary exhibitions mounted by the Princely Collections or as individual loans to other institutions.
This website gives you access to information about the Princely Collections and their activities, the House of Liechtenstein and the palaces in family ownership. We invite you to learn about their history and background, the connections between them, to search for detailed information about the objects in the collection, and hope you enjoy examining the artworks up close via high-resolution images with zoom function or in selected cases via interactive 3D models – an ideal way to explore the Princely Collections.
THE LIECHTENSTEIN FAMILY AND THEIR COLLECTIONS
First mentioned in the twelfth century, the Princely House of Liechtenstein is one of the oldest noble lineages in Europe. The family’s art collection had its beginnings in the sixteenth century. It has been influenced over time by the varying interests of individual princes, and the superb quality of its objects from a wide spectrum of genres today makes it one of the most important and largest private art collections worldwide.
EXHIBITIONS AND LOANS
In addition to the permanent exhibitions at the Garden Palace and the City Palace in Vienna the Princely Collections are represented in Austria and abroad with temporary exhibitions. Monographic exhibitions in Europe, the USA and Asia have not only strengthened the Collections’ reputation there but focused attention on the state of Liechtenstein and its ruling family. Learn more about the exhibitions mounted by the Princely Collections.
THE PRINCELY PALACES IN VIENNA
The Liechtenstein Garden Palace in the Rossau quarter and the Liechtenstein City Palace on Bankgasse provide the ideal setting for the Princely Collections. In these two Baroque buildings select works of art combine with the original frescos, ceiling paintings, stuccowork and sculptures to form a unique synthesis of the arts.
Read more about guided tours and the accessibility of the two palaces.