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Eine Besucherin und eine Besucher bestaunen eine Vitrine im Prunksaal

You have chosen! The special exhibit on the topic "It's Christmas again! Illuminated manuscripts for Advent" is
"A masterpiece from Florence". You can admire the winning object in the State Hall from November 17!

Object 1: A masterpiece from Florence

Prayer book, early 16th century

“The angel came to her and said, Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. She was troubled at his saying and wondered what manner of salutation this should be.” This Book of Hours, produced in Florence or in France at the beginning of the 16th century for a member of the Mendoza de la Vega-Guzmán family, contrasts the small-format picture of the birth of Christ with a full-page, magnificently executed representation of the Annunciation to Mary. The place of the Annunciation is represented by an elaborate palace architecture, in keeping with the magnificent demands of the manuscript. The decoration of the book of prayer is a typical product of the Italian Renaissance, with imitation ancient stone carvings and putti in line with the imagery of the new era.

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Capacity library area at Heldenplatz

Due to the minimum distance required by the authorities, currently not all seats are available in the reading rooms. The capacity indicator serves as an orientation for your visit


115 seats (reading rooms, lounge or research zone) are still available.

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