Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
Princely Wardrobes Of Three Centuries
17 June 2021 – 3 October 2021
Precious fabrics have always played an important role as a means of stately representation and the expression of high social standing. Only an elitist clientele could afford such fine fabrics and to dress in keeping with the latest fashions. Today, the portraits depicting personages of high standing clothed in elaborate and expensive garments provide all manner of clues as to how these wardrobes were once fashioned. Their ingenuity and exquisite materials continue to captivate and enthral to this day.
Now, for the first time, a selection of portraits by renowned artists ranging from Giuseppe Arcimboldo to Diego Velázquez preserved at the Habsburg Portrait Gallery at Ambras Castle will be the focal point of an exhibition featuring fashion showcases from the Renaissance to the Baroque age. What finery are the personages portrayed wearing? What does their raiment consist of? And what do they communicate to us as viewers of these portraits? The show is further enhanced by a selection of typical original garments, very few of which have been preserved to this day due to their delicate and fragile nature.