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Glimpses into the Princely Collections
The three-masted ship rises imposingly out of the waters of the Veerse Gat between the islands of Walcheren and Noord-Beveland. The contours of the city of Veere and its port can be seen on the right behind a thick mist. The soft, golden light in particular gives the painting its pleasant atmosphere. The ship is depicted with great detail; its elaborately decorated hull and the graphic play of lines of the sheets stand in strong contrast to this atmosphere. As a seafaring nation, the fleet was the source of the Netherlands' military strength and the prosperity the country had reached in the 17th century. It also provided marine painters such as Jacob Adriaensz. Bellevois with powerful themes for their sought-after seascapes. Bellevois painted this three-master on two other occasions, which undoubtedly attests to the regard his contemporaries had for this motif.
Landscape painter Josef Höger was closely connected with the Princely House of Liechtenstein through the numerous commissions he received from the family. As a result, an incredible body of his work in watercolor has been preserved in the collections. In his paintings, Höger documented the family's assets. He also frequently accompanied Prince Alois II von Liechtenstein on his travels, and therefore assumed a very special status. He captured the countries and landscapes through which they travelled, sometimes with astonishingly quick and fresh sketches, but sometimes also in large, detailed presentation drawings that demonstrate the full extent of his skill. Höger's views of Salzkammergut play an important role here. In his work, the artist painted cities such as Bad Ischl, Gmunden and Hallstatt, as well as the surrounding landscapes in which everyday life in the region is always depicted.
Until the 19th century, horses played an important role for the Princes of Liechtenstein. The extent of the interest in these animals is also underscored by the publication "Von der Zaumung der Pferde" (On the bridling of horses), which was published by Prince Gundaker von Liechtenstein in 1625. In addition to the pleasure taken in dressage and breeding, economic considerations were no doubt also an important reason for the pursuit of horse husbandry, which resulted in the expansion of the Liechtenstein stud farm in South Moravia into one of the most important in Europe. Beyond their practical use as the key means of transportation, horses were popular and coveted diplomatic gifts and bartering tools. The many works depicting horses that remain in the Princely Collections today are a testament to their former prestige. One such example is the painting of an elegant white horse by court painter Domenico Mainardi.
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Our owners, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, belong to one of Europe’s oldest noble houses. As a successful entrepreneurial family, it has a distinctly long-term perspective that is reflected pictorially in the Princely Collections.