May 13 2017 marks the 300th birthday of Maria Theresa, one of the most popular rulers in Austrian and European history. Maria Theresa as a woman and ruler, her work during her lifetime, and her legacy as Austria’s mother figure call for a critical examination of the personality and impact of this famous Habsburg. The various facets of her life story and the political challenges she faced during her reign make up the focus of this companion volume to the anniversary exhibition. It will present the historico-cultural achievements of the era as well as the creation of the “legend of Maria Theresa”, which the empress had already spread during her lifetime. Thanks to in-depth contributions by renowned experts, the richly illustrated catalogue conveys a comprehensive and critical image of this influential figure of Austrian history.
• Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday on May 13 2017
• The catalogue to the exhibition of the same name in Schloss Hof, Schloss Niederweiden, the Imperial Furniture Collection and the Wagenburg in Vienna from March 15 to November 29 2017
• More than 300 in part previously unpublished pictures
Elfriede Iby is the director of the department of research and documentation of the Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. Martin Mutschlechner is an employee at the department of research and documentation of the Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. Werner Telesko is the director of the Institute for History of Art and Musicology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Karl Vocelka was the longtime head of the Department of History of the University of Vienna and is the manager of various scientific exhibitions.
The catalogue is avalaible at all four locations of the exhibition or directly online.