Treasures Past and Present
The Princely Collections, Liechtenstein
This in depth look at one of the world’s most storied private art collections celebrates five centuries of grand artistic patronage.
The Princely Collections, Liechtenstein gained momentum during the early 17th century when Prince Karl I commissioned several works, including Adriaen de Fries’s life-sized bronze of Christ in Distress. From that point on, the artistic holdings of the principality grew and were shaped by each successive monarch. Over the centuries, the collections expanded to include works by masters such as da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Rubens, and van Dyck. They now comprise some 1,500 paintings and sculptures, dating from the early Renaissance to the 19th century. The collections also contain important works of graphic art, porcelain, tapestries, and furniture that once adorned the Liechtenstein castles and palaces. This sumptuously illustrated volume explores the historical evolution of the Princely Collections, tracing the works’ acquisition as well as their occasional sale and relocation to museums around the world. Nearly one hundred of the collections’ current and former highlights by approximately 60 artists are presented in this book, which allows readers to fully appreciate the breadth and depth of these storied private collections.
JOHANN KRÄFTNER is Director of LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections.
FRÉDÉRIC ELSIG is Professor of Art and Music History at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
ANABELLE KIENLE PONKA is Acting Senior Curator of European and American Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
ARTHUR K. WHEELOCK JR. is former Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.