Splendour & Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna
16 Aug 2011 – 8 Jan 2012
Free to all
Beautifully crafted decorative pieces from the imperial house of Hapsburg, never before seen in the UK.
This unique selection of beautifully crafted jewellery, vessels and other objects made from gems, precious metals and stones will be coming to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the renowned 'Kunstkammer' collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.Giving a rare glimpse into the opulent world of the Hapsburg emperors, the exhibition's focus is upon artworks from the Late Renaissance and Mannerist period - the heyday of treasuries and 'cabinets of curiosities' - as well as from the 17th-century Baroque period. Many of the works on display belonged to Emperor Rudolph II - Holy Roman Emperor 1576-1612 - and Empress Maria Theresa, the only female Hapsburg ruler and the last of the House.