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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

HABSBURG SPLENDOR: MASTERPIECES FROM VIENNA’S IMPERIAL COLLECTIONS

Sunday, Jun. 14, 2015 – Monday, Sep. 14, 2015

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See the spectacular treasures amassed by one of Europe’s longest-reigning dynasties. The major exhibition Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections showcases masterworks and rare objects from the collection of the Habsburg Dynasty—the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and other powerful rulers who commissioned extraordinary artworks now in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Largely composed of works that have never traveled outside of Austria, Habsburg Splendor explores the dramatic rise and fall of the Habsburgs and their global empire, from their political ascendance in the late Middle Ages, to the height of their power in the 16th and 17th centuries, to the expansion of the dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries, and ultimately its end in the early 20th century at the conclusion of World War I.

The story unfolds through more than 90 works of art, including arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects, and paintings by masters such as Caravaggio, Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez.

Image: Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez, Infanta Maria Theresa, c. 1652/53, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

About the Exhibition

"Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections" is organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Bank of America is the National Sponsor of "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections."

Lead foundation underwriting is provided by The Hamill Foundation.

Additional generous funding is provided by:
Kinder Foundation
Carol and Michael Linn
National Endowment for the Arts
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Margolis
Ann G. Trammell

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  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

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  • Street Parking
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    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

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Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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