Prince Eugene

General-Philosopher and Art Lover

Agnes Husslein-Arco

Prince Eugene

Agnes Husslein-Arco

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

336 pages | 345 color plates and 21 halftones | 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9783777425511 Published February 2010 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

Prince Eugene (1663–1736) was one of the most esteemed and powerful military commanders of the Austrian dynasty, and a crucial tower of support to its Empire in Europe. As an ardent patron of the arts, the sciences and philosophy, with the means to feed his passion, Eugene left a large imprint on the world of science and the arts. This extensive volume examines the life and legacy of Prince Eugene.

An Italian by descent, a Parisian Frenchman by birth, Prince Eugene Francis of Savoy-Carignan-Soisson (1663–1736) became, after his meteoric rise and glorious career as a military commander, "the greatest and best Austrian ever to have served the noble imperial house." The book-exhibition on the prince and his legacy does not just follow his heroic deeds as a commander and diplomat in the Europe of continued Turkish incursion, and the Wars of the Spanish and Polish Successions, but also - and in particular - looks at a collector and patron of the arts. Even Voltaire praised the scrawny general: "He shook the grandeur of Louis XIV and the power of the Ottomans; he ruled the Empire, and in the course of his victories and in his administration of the state he despised pomp and wealth in equal measure."

 In the course of the five decades spent travelling throughout Europe as a commander, statesman and diplomat, Eugene accumulated a vast collection of paintings, etchings, prints, illuminated manuscripts and books. He also maintained correspondences with contemporary artists, philosophers and builders. The book presents exponents of his collection, and gives insight, among other things, into the people he knew, the buildings he built and the wars he waged.

L’arrivé du Prince Eugène
     Agnes Husslein-Arco
Prince Eugene—General-Philosopher and Art Lover: The Noble Knight as Hero of the Arts
     Marie-Louise von Plessen

I    The Petit "Abbé"
II   Palace Builder in the Field
"Just attack the enemy heartily ...": The Imperial Army in the Age of Prince Eugene
     Michael Hochedlinger
Prince Eugene and the Ideal of the honnête homme: Behavioral Norms of the Elites under the Ancien Régime
     Leopold Auer
Prince Eugene and the Ottomans: Cultural Exchange in War and Victory Encampments from 1683 to 1717
      Ilber Ortayli
III  Collector and Patron
Vienna Gloriosa and the Prince’s Garden—The Development of the Garden on Rennweg and its Relationship to Viennese Garden Design in the Baroque Era
     Thomas Baumgartner
The Gallery in the Upper Belvedere and Prince Eugene’s Picture Collections in the Belvedere and the City Palace
     Cornelia Diekamp
Prince Eugene’s Collection of Engravings in the Albertina
     Christian Benedik
IV  Bibliophile
The Bibliotheca Eugeniana in its Contemporary European Context
     Gabriele Mauthe
V   Nature Lover
Prince Eugene’s tusculum rurale: The Resurrection of Schloss Hof as a Baroque Gesamtkunstwerk
     Lieselotte Hanzl-Wachter
VI  Death
Prince Eugene’s Cultural Legacy in Vienna
     Karl Schütz
From Vienna to Turin: Prince Eugene’s Collection in the Palazzo Reale
     Carla Enrica Spantigati

Index of Persons
Picture Credits
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