The Leopoldine Wing of the Vienna Hofburg is a centre of political life in Austria – today, as the seat of the offices of the republic’s head of state, just as it was in past times as a ceremonial centre of the Hasburgs.
Built under Emperor Leopold I as an extension of the medieval castle complex, this wing contained the most splendid interiors of the imperial court in Vienna, valuable furniture and precious artworks dating from the Maria Theresian Rococo and neo-classical phases to historicist furnishing styles.
This book provides a glimpse behind doors that are only very seldom openend. It tells of the building’s political and architectural history as well as of its art and furnishing history, drawing on recent scientific findings and contemporary photography to present the Office of the Austrian Federal President at the Vienna Hofburg in a completely new light.
Herbert Karner is an art historian and the head of the research unit History of Art at the Institute for Habsburg and Balkan Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).
Richard Kurdiovsky is an architectural historian at the ÖAW and studies Central European achrictecture of the “long” 19th century.
Anna Mader-Kratky, art historian at the ÖAW, studies architectural history and court culture of the 18th century.
Anna Stuhlpfarrer is an independent historian of art and architecture. Specialising in the 20th century, she is active as a researcher and curator.