Called Chamber of Art and Curiosities on the official site , I’d rather call it the treasure chamber.
Right next to the entrance , you will see “Little Death” (Tödelein > see full details ) – a figure carved out of wood , with amazing details. Hans Leinberger from Landshut , one of the leading carvers under Maximilian is its author, the Emperor probably ordered him to make this figure dated around year 1520. It’s 22,5 cm high. The small sculpture has been inherited from Ferdinand II, who displayed it in its Treasure chamber among other 1596 pieces , described in the inventory book.
Coats of arms are fascinating me. This one is extremely intricate and it is carved in wood ( not sure what the white material is – some kind of marble maybe ) . It belongs to Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria, framed by the chain of Order of the Golden Fleece. In the middle there are the coats of arms of the Habsburgian empires: New Austria, Old Austria, Burgundy, Castille, Tirol, Leon, Hungary and Bohemia, Burgau and Swabia, Styria and Carynthia, Elsass, Kyburg with Pfirt , Krain and Görz, Austria above the river Enns, Cilli and Portenau. ( Phew, that’s a lot of land ! I’d like to see a map of it…)
“Perseus frees Andromeda” – Hans von Aachen , around 1600. Alabaster painted on both sides. It’s not often that you see stone plates used instead of canvas. On the back side “Release of the winds by Aeolus”
Another alabaster painting “The fall of Phaetheon”, Hans von Aachen , around 1600. Hans von Aachen learned this technique of painting on alabaster in Italy. He used the stone’s natural grain for depicting the clouds around the Divine Sphere.
Alongside a large number of coral branches, there were seven coral cabinets in Archduke Fredinand II’s treasure chamber.
I haven’t done my homework and am missing info about the following pics, but that’s just an excuse to return and show you more of the exhibited objects.
I’ need to fetch info on this painting, but details are insane… ( hopefully soon )
Dracula – Vlad III Tepes ,oil on canvas, german author, second half of 16th century. Sometimes this painting gets sent for a visit. They display a sign showing its current location.
You might also like Castle Ambras – the Armory