In the suburb of the Austrian capital, there is a palace-museum belonging to the Liechtenstein family - one of the oldest noble European clans. Tourists can enjoy the exterior beauty of the building and collections in the museum. Today the museum has limited hours, so it’s important to check in advance on the website or the Vienna guide the exact time when you can go inside the museum. The collection of items is striking in its size and is one of the largest private collections in the world.
History and features of the museum
- In the 16th century, the princes of the Liechtenstein family decided to create a collection of their wealth: the first was Charles I - he added furniture, household appliances, jewelry, paintings to the collection
- Johann Adam Andreas added the work of the Flemish geniuses to the collection
- Johannes II contributed in the form of paintings by Dutch and Italian artists
- Exhibits were added until the middle of the 20th century.
The representative of the Liechtenstein family Hartmann made a huge contribution to the collection in the form of a collection of books - he was madly interested in reading and had hundreds of rare copies. During the reign of the Austrian emperor Rudolph II, the museum had more rare and rare things than in the family of the emperor!
The museum has collected 1,600 paintings by great artists: Sebastian Ricci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens and others. Tourists will also see ivory carvings, silver and gold kitchen appliances, household accessories encrusted with precious stones, tapestries, porcelain objects, medals and coins, sculptures. Tourists can see in the museum objects of art of different directions: Rococo, Baroque, Biedermeier. A valuable exhibit is a golden carriage created for Prince Wenzel: it is perfectly preserved to this day.
During the Second World War, the exhibits were hidden, and the palace opened only in the spring of 2004. The Liechtenstein family wanted to add exhibits from other noble families to the collection, but the idea failed: there were so few visitors that in 2011 it was decided to close the museum. Despite the decision to close, tourists can enter the building every Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: excursions are conducted using an audio guide in German and English, the cost of the excursion is from 22 € to 28 €. On other days, there is also the opportunity to get to the museum: you only need to personally agree with the owners of the attraction.
- In 1967, the work “Portrait of Ginevra de Benchi”, painted by Leonardo da Vinci and considered a special part of the museum, was sold for 5 million US dollars.
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