Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum


For his last exhibition before retiring from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which he has directed since 1990, Wilfried Seipel is staging this show on classical mythology. On view are works, including sculptures and paintings, by Old Masters that are based on ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Many are from the museum's permanent collection, while the rest have been loaned by other leading museums such as the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Seipel, an Egyptologist, archaeologist and art historian, developed partnerships with all these institutions over his years at the helm.

The exhibition features works by the likes of Correggio, Parmigianino, Titian, Poussin and Spranger. They reflect the growing fascination with classical mythology during the Renaissance and the centuries that followed, when baroque paintings and frescoes were commissioned to decorate European palaces. Also on display is Cellini's sculpture "Saliera," which was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 2003 and then recovered three years later.


December 4, 2008, through March 1, 2009
5 Burgring
1010 Vienna
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