In 2007, this architectural jewel of the Baroque in the Lower Belvedere, where Prince Eugene of Savoy, the former landlord, accommodated his personal horses, was adapted as a show depot by the Berlin architects Kuehn Malvezzi. Today it is used as a place to provide new insights into medieval religious art. Focus exhibitions presenting current restoration projects and scientific findings related to exceptional works of art are installed here at regular intervals. With these additional facilities, the Belvedere has broken new ground in making its entire medieval holdings accessible to the public.
Today Prince Eugene’s Palace Stables accommodate a dense display of masterpieces of panel painting and sculpture, as well as Gothic polyptychs, including one of the earliest Austrian altarpieces of its kind: the Obervellach Altarpiece from c. 1400. Works by such well-known masters as Friedrich Pacher and Hans Klocker are installed side by side with numerous precious works by anonymous painters and sculptors. The presentation spans from a Romanesque Crucifix to the early sixteenth century, with a special focus on Late Gothic painting and sculpture.
The Medieval Treasury study collection makes it possible for visitors to closely examine the works and deal with them scientifically. Seminars, guided tours, and school programmes are aimed at creating a dialogue between visitors and experts. Both scholars and students are granted direct access to these unique objects of the collection for the first time.
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