Cupola close up

Look closely, and you’ll see each segment is adorned by a past emperor. From left to right, we have:

  • Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1685–1740), father of Maria Theresa
  • Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary etc… (1830–1916) The guy who had this museum built, so it’s fitting that his face is looking down the central hall
  • Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459–1519). Fun fact: he was never crowned by the Pope, up until then an unbroken tradition for Holy Roman Emperors

Looking through other unposted photos I took of the cupola, we’ve also got HRE Charles V (1500–1558); Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (1614–1662), younger brother of HRE Ferdinand III; and Archduke Albert VII of Austria (1559–1621), fifth son of HRE Maximilian II. There are still two I missed completely. I’m surprised they went for Archdukes when I’m sure there were plenty of perfectly serviceable Emperors in the history books. Maybe Franz Josef didn’t like them?

   19 May 2023
   1/30s    f/2.8   28mm   ISO 640
Close up of the cupola; each section is decorated with the bust of a past emperor