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Friday, April 22, 2016

2016 Arts and Archives: Belvedere and Josephine with Sunshine

 The Lower Palace of Belvedere 

After the magnificent breakfast at our hotel we walked to the Belvedere palaces, Prince Eugene of Savoy’s summer and winter residence, which are considered to be one of the world’s finest Baroque landmarks. In addition to the other permanent collections the galleries house the biggest collection of Gustav Klimt (The Kiss was purchased in 1908).(no photos from teh collections)
In the afternoon we had a very informative tour of Josephinum, which is an important part of the Medical University of Vienna’s cultural heritage. The collections have evolved to reflect the institution’s almost 650-year history and their depth and variety makes them a treasure unique in the world.
At the heart of the Josephinum’s collections are the original stocks, acquired by Joseph II when the institution was founded, especially the world-famous wax anatomical models. Ever since the Josephinum was founded in 1785, the collection of wax models has been accessible to a wider audience, even if it was primarily commissioned for teaching purposes. Originally the collections included around 1200 vax figures, at the moment the collection includes 1000 items. (- no photos from the collections)
For more images from our day, please click here

A wax model  showing an eye disease, c. 1823 (Johan Nepomuk Hofmayr)

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