This is the Belvedere's first purely digital exhibition: The museum is showcasing the “visible storage” of its medieval collection in Prince Eugene's former stables as a virtual, interactive 3-D showroom. Online visitors are invited to discover the secrets and stories behind the collection, whose earliest works were created around 1200. This selection of works is being introduced, illustrated, and explained.
The project was developed by the Belvedere in collaboration with BEKO Engineering & Informatik GmbH and by art history students from the University of Vienna.
Since 2007, a considerable portion of the Belvedere's medieval collection has been housed in the so-called "Palace Stables" – galleries that were formerly stables for the personal horses of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Following the restructuring of the collection and extensive adaptation of the rooms, treasures from the beginning of the 13th to the mid-16th century were displayed in the newly created "visual storage," including such highlights as the medieval majesties from St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna (on loan from the Wien Museum), the so-called Pretschlaipfer Triptych by the Master of Grossgmain, and the Stigmatization of St. Francis by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
The Palace Stables are currently undergoing an extensive modernization process. They are therefore not accessible to visitors until the reopening of the Lower Belvedere in January 2022. Together with BEKO Engineering & Informatik GmbH, the Belvedere has developed a 3-D model of its "visual storage." Art history students from the University of Vienna created both multilayered documentation and videos in which the works of artists, mostly unknown by name, including the Master of the Legend Scenes and the Master of the St. Vitus Legend are deciphered. Virtually roam through the space and learn more about the treasures from the Middle Ages!
The virtual exhibition space is embedded here on the website of the Belvedere; videos of individual works may be accessed through YouTube.