The Harrachs, one of the Habsburg Monarchy’s outstanding families, included powerful diplomats, Princes of the Church and a Viceroy of Naples. The most important artists of each age had a hand in embellishing their residences, and their predilection for the great masters of painting was an ever recurrent feature. Hundreds of pictures came to Austria from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. Now they are shown at Rohrau, the family’s stately home, with the magnificent furnishings and treasures of artistic craftsmanship which constitute one of the world’s most important private collections assembled during the past 450 years.
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“Three ladies playing music”
Three ladies are playing and singing the song “L’Adolescence” of the French Poet Laureate Clement Marot according to the music of Claudin de Sermisy. The scene shows the courtly lifestyle around 1530. In the latest art history this masterpiece is attributed to a Flemish artist of the second third of the 16th century who is compared with Hans Verneyecke.
Anton Raphael Mengs
*1728 Aussig +1779 Rome
acted in Dresden, Madrid and Rome
“The Holy Night”
seventies of the 18th century
Due to his study of the antiquity and the Italian High Renaissance Mengs came to an academic, theoretically substantiated classicism which was highly acknowledged by his contemporaries. The new emotionalism of simplicity influences this representation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
*1695 Lyon +1760 Rome
acted in Rome
“View of Naples”
The artistic career of Manglard was influenced by Claude Lorrain, whose reverberation is noticeable in this painting.
“The judgement of Paris”
early eighties of the 17th century
Zeus asked Paris to choose the most beautiful one among the three goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite and to give her an apple. In this painting he asks them to undress themselves.
“Portrait bust of Joseph”
This bust is situated in the Haydn’s Room, which is named after the famous musician and composer Joseph Haydn. The latter was born in the same village where Rohrau Castle is situated, Rohrau. Since Haydn was supported by the Harrach family, he gave this bust to them as a gesture of gratitude.