At the castle Ambras Innsbruck

On January 12, Emperor Maximilian I died. The archduke from the House of Habsburg was born in 1459 in Wiener Neustadt. Through marriage, he became the Duke of Burgundy in 1477, Roman-German king in 1486, Sovereign of the Habsburg lands in 1493 and finally Roman-German emperor from 1508-1519.

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death day, the castle Schloss Ambras Innsbruck holds the special exhibition „Zu lob und ewiger gedachtnus“. The focus of this exhibition lays on those artworks of Maximilian that came into the property of his great-grandson Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) and hence came to Schloss Ambras. The main subject of the exhibition is Maximilian's cenotaph. The tomb in the Hofkirche Innsbruck is one of the most important Renaissance  monuments in Europe. Archduke Ferdinand II finished this spectacular and huge project in 1584 that went back to his father Emperor Ferdinand I who executed Maximilian's will.

The special exhibition curated by Veronika Sandbichler and Thomas Kuster takes place within the framework of the Innsbrucker Osterfrühling as well as the Year of Maximilian 2019 and is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue in German and English.

During his lifetime, Emperor Maximilian I thought in historic dimensions. With autobiographical publications, portraits, coins and his tomb project, he wanted to create "gedachtnus" (remembrance). He strove to be eternally remembered as a noble knight and a great warrior who was chosen by destiny to protect Christianity from disbelievers. It was equally important to him, to genealogically display his heritage and to highlight the origins of this person and the glory of the House of Austria.

Maximilian's cenotaph is the center of the exhibition. Maximilian's grandson, Emperor Ferdinand I, chose Innsbruck as its place and added a table tomb to the concept. Important scenes from the life of the emperor are displayed in marble relievos. The preliminary sketch was done by Florian Abel, a painter in Prague, and on paper in original size - a rarity during the 16th century! The scenes contain the Battle of Hennegau in 1478, the reconquest of Austrian territories from Hungary in 1477 and 1485, the marriage of Maximilian's son Philip the Handsome with Joanna from Castils in 1496, the Swiss War in 1499, the conquest of Stuhlweißenburg in 1490, the war for crown of Naples in 1503 as well as the Bavarian war in 1504.

A highlight of the exhibition is the visualization of Maximilian's cenotaph (Maximilian goes digital) created in a collaboration between the State of Tyrol and the University of Innsbruck that can be directly compared with the original sketches stored at Schloss Ambras. The production brings the relievos of the table tomb to life in front of the visitors and creates a virtual experience from the tomb.

The exhibition also includes a course through the entire castle that leads to Maximilian's architectural trace in the castle and the artworks of his time. Magnificent objects from the collections of the Art historical Museum in Vienna illustrate the special influence that Maximilian's heritage had on his great-grandson Archduke Ferdinand II.

Important information:

Duration: 11/04/19 - 31/10/19

Time: daily 10am - 5pm

Link for more information: www.schlossambras-innsbruck.at



Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, Schlossstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

info@schlossambras-innsbruck.at, +43 1 525 24 - 4802,

www.schlossambrasinnsbruck.at, www.facebook/schlossambras


Image 1:

Florian Abel, 1561
Sketch of cenotaph for Emperor Maximilian I
Tempera on paper 474 x 209.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien,
KuNstka mmer, Inv .-Nr. KK 4971
(Schloss Ambras Innsbruck)


Image 2:

George's Altar from the property of Emperor Maximilian I (detail) Sebald Bocksdorfer (carver), Sebastian Scheel (painter), around 1500