Attributed to Balthasar Moll, Vienna Court Carousel Sleigh, c. 1740/50, wood, gold, and velvet, Imperial Carriage Museum, Vienna.
Get ready to #MeetTheHabsburgs: Europe’s longest reigning dynasty, the Habsburgs, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, commissioned extraordinary art to create quite the cache of luxurious treasures, ranging from paintings (including Caravaggio, Correggio and Rubens) and sculpture to suits of armor, ornate carriages, arms and court costumes, all collected during the centuries of the House of Habsburg’s regal reign. In a summer-long celebration of royalty and history — from the Habsburgs’ emergence in the Middle Ages to the dynasty’s end at the conclusion of World War I — more than 90 objets d’art from Vienna’s storied Kunsthistorisches Museum come to Houston for the first time, including many pieces that have never left Austria before.
What: “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections”
When: June 14 – September 13, 2015
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tariff: Adults $18; children ages 13 – 18 and seniors 65+ $13; children 12 and under free; all Thursday tickets are $10