What do we know about Roman Emperors, and how do we know what we know? Are there disparities between official historical accounts and the reputation bestowed upon them through centuries of cultural imagination and storytelling? How did Caligula, Nero, and Commodus become the poster boys for megalomania, for instance?
These intriguing questions are raised in this fascinating exhibition which examines how the image of historical figures becomes coined in the public consciousness. By bringing together thousands of coins from the holdings of the Coin Cabinet that bear the faces of antiquity's rulers, we are prompted to critically examine the clichés, myths, and anecdotes that have proliferated throughout history.
Visitors can study all the artifacts on-show using an interactive stele that provides detailed information and allows you to view the coins' obverse and reverse, as well as to enlarge them. 3D enlargements of selected coin portraits will also be displayed to allow for further examination.
Travel 4,000 years back in time in this exploration of Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum. The exhibition has four main focal points: funerary cults, cultural history, sculpture and relief, and the development of writing in the Old Kingdom.
Take a guided tour and dive into a macabre world of once-occupied sarcophagi and coffins, animal mummies, examples of the Book of the Dead, otherworldy figurines, and daily items such as clothing and cosmetics.
Marvel at masterpieces in Vienna's answer to the Louvre
Dive into two rich cultural highlights from the mighty Austrian Empire
Tickets for Kunsthistorisches Museum Highlight Tour: Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection