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Corona's Ancestors

Masks and Epidemics at the Viennese Court 1500–1918

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[jpg] Allegory: Austria and the Cholera (734 KB) Leopold Bucher, 1835
Belvedere, Vienna
© Photo: Johannes Stoll

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[jpg] Exhibition view (497 KB) Multimedia installation of:
Allegory: Austria and the Cholera

© Photo: KHM-Museumsverband

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[jpg] Empress Elisabeth’s Mourning Mask and Veil (1.0 MB) Fanny Scheiner, Vienna c.1880
Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna
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[jpg] Imperial gala coach for court mourning (exhibition view) (850 KB) Austria, undercarriage c.1690, body c.1730/35, rearranged in the 19th century
Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna
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[jpg] Exhibition view (817 KB) © KHM-Museumsverband

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[jpg] Exhibition view (604 KB) © KHM-Museumsverband

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[jpg] Exhibition view (458 KB) © KHM-Museumsverband

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[jpg] Exhibition view (528 KB) © KHM-Museumsverband

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[jpg] Exchangeable visor for Archduke Ferdinand II’s Hussar Tournament (292 KB) Wolfgang Kaiser and Melchior Pfeiffer, Prague 1557
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Imperial Armoury
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[jpg] Exchangeable visor for Archduke Ferdinand II’s Hussar Tournament (246 KB) Wolfgang Kaiser and Melchior Pfeiffer, Prague 1557
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Imperial Armoury
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[jpg] Two exchangeable visors for Archduke Ferdinand II’s Hussar Tournament (426 KB) Wolfgang Kaiser and Melchior Pfeiffer, Prague 1557
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Imperial Armoury
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[jpg] Hussar tournament in Prague 1557: Andre Teufl in the costume and mask of a hussar (513 KB) Tournament book of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol
Austria, after 1557
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Kunstkammer
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[jpg] Archduchess Maria Amalie (1701–1756) wearing a ball gown and Carnival mask (589 KB) David Richter the Elder
Vienna 1709
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Picture Gallery
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[jpg] Masked ball on 12 February 1744 at the Vienna Winter Riding School (1.2 MB) Celebrating the marriage of Archduchess Maria Anna
and Prince Karl von Lothringen
Giuseppe Galli Bibiena and Johannes Andreas Pfeffel, 1744
Theatermuseum, Vienna
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[jpg] ‘The latest masks from Vienna’ (1.0 MB) Fashion picture in the Vienna Theatre Magazine
10 February 1844
Theatermuseum, Vienna
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[jpg] Black Hearse (561 KB) 1876/77
Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna
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[jpg] Gala livery of a coachman or lackey during court mourning (407 KB) Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, Department of Court Uniforms
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[jpg] Philippine Welser’s pharmacopoeia (541 KB) Anna Welser
Bresnitz, Bürglitz, Innsbruck, c.1560–1570
Ambras Castle Innsbruck
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[jpg] Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) visiting plague patients (679 KB) Rome, first quarter of the 18th century
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Picture Gallery
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[jpg] The plague hospital in Vienna (598 KB) Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini
Vienna, c.1680
Theatermuseum, Vienna
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[jpg] People suffering and dying from the plague in a suburb of Vienna (701 KB) Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini
Vienna, c.1680
Theatermuseum, Vienna
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[jpg] Tented camp for plague refugees at the gates of Vienna (659 KB) Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini
Vienna, c.1680
Theatermuseum, Vienna
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[jpg] Commemorative coin celebrating Maria Theresa’s recovery from smallpox (2.1 MB) Vienna, 1767
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Coin Collection
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[jpg] Commemorative coin celebrating Maria Theresa’s recovery from smallpox (2.3 MB) Vienna, 1767
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Coin Collection
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[jpg] Comparison table produced by the Jenner Society in London on the eradication of smallpox (784 KB) 1803
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, archives
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[jpg] Norms regarding smallpox vaccination (1.5 MB) Vienna, 1817
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, archives
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[jpg] Vaccination certificate of Jacob Lohner (1821–1892) (379 KB) Vienna, 1822
© Lohner Archive Vienna

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[jpg] Vaccination certificate of Alfred Roller (1864–1935) (670 KB) Brno, 1865
Theatermuseum, Vienna
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[jpg] ‘Under the influence of the flu’ (437 KB) Caricature of the closure of entertainment venues in Vienna
Die Muskete, 7 November 1918
© Austrian National Library, Vienna

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[jpg] ‘Chess with the flu’ (445 KB) Caricature for wearing masks as protection against infection
Supplement to Die Muskete, 31 October 1918 (facsimile)
© Austrian National Library, Vienna

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[jpg] ‘Portrait of a cholera prevention man’ (1.1 MB) Illustrated supplement to Saphir’s magazine ‘Der deutsche Horizont’
1831
© Wien Museum / Vienna Museum

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[jpg] Gala uniform of an official of the Ministry of Public Health (380 KB) Moritz Tiller & Co.
Vienna, 1918
Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, Department of Court Uniforms
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Press contact

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
1010 Vienna, Burgring 5

Nina Auinger-Sutterlüty, MAS
Mag. Sarah Aistleitner
info.pr@khm.at
T +43 1 525 24 - 4021
oder +43 1 525 24 - 4025

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