|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Tuesday, August 20, 2019
|With pomp and parties, Austria marks Maria Theresa's 300th birthday|
Visitors look at furniture and decorations of Austrian Empress Maria Theresa on display at Hofmobiliendepot (Furniture Museum) featuring imperial furniture collection and paintings+, on May 7, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Vienna celebrates the 300th birthday of Austrian empress Maria Theresa. JOE KLAMAR / AFP.
VIENNA (AFP).- Austrians celebrated on Saturday the 300th anniversary of the birth of Maria Theresa, with plenty of concerts and Champagne to honour the only woman to have ruled the Habsburg empire.
The empress's 40-year rule starting in 1740, marked by administrative and educational advances while she consolidated control of her territory, earned her a cherished reputation as the "mother of her peoples".
It was an image carefully maintained while in power, and one still evoked today by her imposing statue in Vienna, which was surrounded by a field of flowers on Saturday.
"Her various motherly aspects -- anxious, stern, kindly, affectionate, loving -- reinforced her position as monarch," the historian Anne-Sophie Banakas told AFP.
And she was the mother of 16 children including Marie-Antoinette, future wife of France's king Louis XVI and executed by guillotine following the French Revolution.
A full day of events were planned throughout the city's museums to mark Maria Theresa's birth on May 13, 1717, the high point in a year of exhibits, book releases and festivities across Austria.
Though she was just 23, pregnant and ill prepared to rule when ascending to the throne after her father's death, Maria Theresa quickly surrounded herself with loyal advisors and honed her political and diplomatic instincts.
Researchers have recently underscored less admirable traits -- including religious intolerance, a hostility to Enlightenment thinkers and a willingness to impose marriages on her children to consolidate the empire.
But the contradictions have hardly dented Austrians' affection for her display of "Feminine Power," as the French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter titled her book about the archduchess, being presented this week in Vienna.
© Agence France-Presse
May 14, 2017
With pomp and parties, Austria marks Maria Theresa's 300th birthday
The Vancouver Art Gallery unveils Emily Carr exhibition
German artist Imhof wins Venice Golden Lion
Harvard Art Museums acquires contemporary photo collection
A drawing by Sir Peter Lely is expected to create a sensation at auction
Exhibition is the first to critically and fully explore David Smith's use of the color white
Complete set of Robert Indiana's 'ONE through ZERO' on view for the first time at the Glass House
Green light: An artistic workshop by Olafur Eliasson opens in Venice
Bertoia's to offer magnificent array of toys, banks, dolls, doorstops and country store antiques
Immersive two-person exhibition featured in the South African Pavilion
Japanese Pavilion in Venice presents a selection of three-dimensional works by Takahiro Iwasaki
Global crises meets peaceful culture clash in Azerbaijan Pavilion
ROM Press catalogue celebrates Weinberg Cherry collection of Judaica at the Museum
New, site-specific installation by Gal Weinstein on view at the Israeli Pavilion
Super Thangkas sail away at Bonhams Asian Art Week London sales
Cranbrook Art Museum exhibition features work from alumni and artists-in-residence
'Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play' is United Arab Emirates' exhibition for the Venice Biennale
New Zealand presents multi-media artist Lisa Reihana at the 57th International Art Exhibition
Thierry Goldberg opens exhibition of new paintings by Naudline Pierre
Five paintings by Fritz Bultman will come up for bid June 3rd at Bruneau & Co.
Food for Thought: Proyectos Monclova opens exhibition of works by Raúl Ortega Ayala
Karen LaMonte unveils monumental works in the Glasstress exhibition during the Biennale
June Kelly Gallery opens exhibition of new paintings by Nola Zirin
PIASA to offer a rare collection of rugs and tapestries from the 16th to 18th century
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop
2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years
3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880
4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine
5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested
6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art
7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK
8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm
9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores
10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.