The Chamber of Art and Curiosities ("Kunst- und Wunderkammer") is a cabinet of curiosities created by Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria in the 16th century. Ferdinand II, son of Emperor Ferdinand I, was one of history’s most prominent collectors of art. The cultured humanist from the House of Habsburg accommodated his world-famous collections in a museum built specifically for that purpose (1572-1583, supplement 1589), making Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) the oldest museum in the world. As the only Renaissance Kunstkammer of its kind to have been preserved at its original location, the Chamber of Art and Curiosities represents an unrivalled cultural monument.

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  • La Cámara de Arte y Curiosidades es un gabinete de curiosidades construido por el rey Fernando II de Austria en el siglo XVI. Representa un excelente ejemplo de colección de arte del renacimiento tardío, cuando el interés de los coleccionistas se orientaba hacia el gusto por lo grotesco. Se encuentra en el Castillo de Ambras, cerca de Innsbruck (Austria). Fernando II de Austria, al igual que muchos gobernantes renacentistas, estaba interesado en la promoción de las artes y las ciencias. Empleó largo tiempo y dinero para formar su colección, y convirtió el castillo medieval de Ambras en una mansión para poderlos exhibir. Junto a la Cámara de Arte y Curiosidades, el castillo alberga una colección de armas medievales, y una galería con los retratos de los Habsburgo. También hay algunas pinturas de Hans von Aachen. Actualmente estas colecciones son administradas por el Museo de Historia del Arte de Viena. (es)
  • La camera dell'arte e delle curiosità è una camera delle meraviglie fatta costruire da Ferdinando II d'Austria nel XVI secolo. Essa rappresenta un eccellente esempio di collezione tardo rinascimentale, quando l'interesse dei collezionisti era orientato verso il gusto per il grottesco, ed è attualmente visitabile presso il Castello di Ambras, vicino a Innsbruck. Ferdinando II d'Austria, come molti governanti rinascimentali, era interessato a promuovere le arti e le scienze. Spese perciò molto tempo e molto denaro per mettere insieme la sua collezione, e convertì il medioevale Castello di Ambras in un palazzo signorile per poterla esibire. Accanto alla camera delle arti e delle curiosità, il castello ospita una collezione di armi medioevali e una galleria con i ritratti degli Asburgo. Sono inoltre presenti alcuni dipinti di Hans von Aachen. Attualmente queste raccolte sono amministrate dal Kunsthistorisches Museum di Vienna. (it)
  • The Chamber of Art and Curiosities ("Kunst- und Wunderkammer") is a cabinet of curiosities created by Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria in the 16th century. Ferdinand II, son of Emperor Ferdinand I, was one of history’s most prominent collectors of art. The cultured humanist from the House of Habsburg accommodated his world-famous collections in a museum built specifically for that purpose (1572-1583, supplement 1589), making Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) the oldest museum in the world. As the only Renaissance Kunstkammer of its kind to have been preserved at its original location, the Chamber of Art and Curiosities represents an unrivalled cultural monument. Representing an excellent example of a late Renaissance encyclopedic collection of its genre, it continues to be displayed at Ambras Castle in Innsbruck, the same setting since its inception. Ferdinand II, like many other rulers of the Renaissance, was interested in promoting the arts and sciences. He spent considerable time and money on his unique collection and converted the medieval Ambras Castle into a contemporary palace to display his possessions. Beside the "chamber of art and curiosities" Ambras Castle is home to a famous collection of armouries and early modern weapons feature masterpieces of the European armourer’s art from the time of Emperor Maximilian I to Emperor Leopold I. The "Glassammlung Strasser" (Strasser Collection of Glass) boasts precious glassware from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The "Habsburger Porträtgalerie" (Habsburg Portrait Gallery) laid out on three floors is open to visitors in summer. The paintings include works by famous painters such as Hans Burgkmair, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, and others. Today, these collections at Ambras are administered by the KHM-Museumsverband, as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. (en)
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  • La Cámara de Arte y Curiosidades es un gabinete de curiosidades construido por el rey Fernando II de Austria en el siglo XVI. Representa un excelente ejemplo de colección de arte del renacimiento tardío, cuando el interés de los coleccionistas se orientaba hacia el gusto por lo grotesco. Se encuentra en el Castillo de Ambras, cerca de Innsbruck (Austria). (es)
  • La camera dell'arte e delle curiosità è una camera delle meraviglie fatta costruire da Ferdinando II d'Austria nel XVI secolo. Essa rappresenta un eccellente esempio di collezione tardo rinascimentale, quando l'interesse dei collezionisti era orientato verso il gusto per il grottesco, ed è attualmente visitabile presso il Castello di Ambras, vicino a Innsbruck. (it)
  • The Chamber of Art and Curiosities ("Kunst- und Wunderkammer") is a cabinet of curiosities created by Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria in the 16th century. Ferdinand II, son of Emperor Ferdinand I, was one of history’s most prominent collectors of art. The cultured humanist from the House of Habsburg accommodated his world-famous collections in a museum built specifically for that purpose (1572-1583, supplement 1589), making Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) the oldest museum in the world. As the only Renaissance Kunstkammer of its kind to have been preserved at its original location, the Chamber of Art and Curiosities represents an unrivalled cultural monument. (en)
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  • Cámara de Arte y Curiosidades (es)
  • Camera dell'arte e delle curiosità (it)
  • Chamber of Art and Curiosities, Ambras Castle (en)
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