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Maria Theresa and the Arts

Empress Maria Theresa pursued a singular approach when it came to cultural policy. She sought reform not only in education, but also in the field of art, and commissioned a wealth of works from painters, sculptors, and other artists in Austria and abroad. These reform efforts brought about an upswing in portrait and landscape painting, ceiling frescoes, allegorical works, and sculpture, leading to the international consolidation of the newly formed House of Habsburg-Lorraine, as well as a plethora of baroque masterpieces. This lavishly illustrated volume celebrates the three-hundredth anniversary of Maria Theresa’s birth and her life’s passion for the fine arts, the traces of which persist to this day in the countries of the former Habsburg Monarchy.

232 pages | 160 color plates | 9 x 11 1/2 | © 2017

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Stella Rollig
Maria Theresa and the Arts: An introduction
Georg Lechner
I From Private Splendor to Public Enjoyment
Maria Theresa and the Imperial-Royal Picture Gallery in the Belvedere
Maike Hohn
II Representation and Dynasty
Portrait Painting in the Age of Maria Theresa- A Burgeoning Art Form
Georg Lechner
III Between Ideal and Reality
The Viennese Landscape Painter Johann Christian Brand during the Reign of Maria Theresa
Sylvia Schuster-Hofstätter
IV Perfect Conditions
Al Fresco! Mural Paintings in Austria During the Age of Maria Theresa
Andreas Gamerith
V Honor and Commemoration
Sculptures Commissioned by Maria Theresa
Maria Pötzl-Malikova
VI New Classics
Wilhelm Beyer and the Sculptures in Schönbrunn Palace Gardens
Birgit A. Schmidt
Figural Porcelain in the Reign of Maria Theresa
Birgit A. Schmidt
Maria Theresa- Key Events in Her Life and in Art
Reference List
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