An Art Collector in His Art Chamber
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2014 is the anniversary year of four-hundredth birthday of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (1614-1662) of Habsburg Empire. A sensitive and melancholy soul, Leopold Wilhelm had a keen eye for objets d’art made of marble, bronze and ivory as well as painting, sculptures, and tapestries. His exceptional and comprehensive collection of some 4,000 paintings and 350 drawings forms a seminal part for the rich collections of the current Kunsthistorisches Museum. Like many of the art collectors today, Leopold Wilhelm acquired a substantial number of art works put up for auctions by renown collectors in need of de-accessioning. This way he was able to include masterpieces by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Francesco Laurana, Titian, Giorgione, Raphael and Rubens in his collection. Image courtesy: KHM Vienna. I encourage you to click on the penccil logo ✎ in the center of the image, move on to the collaboration mode, and participate in annotating about this picture.
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Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his gallery in Brussels painted by David Teniers the younger, c. 1650, canvas, 124 cm x 165 cm. Picture Gallery © KHM
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