Strasser Collection of Glass
»A glass nucleus shall develop in Ambras, and in future glass connoisseurs and new aficionados of the matter from all around the world shall flock around it.«
Professor Rudolf Strasser
The Strasser Collection is amongst the most important of its kind in the world. Built up by Professor Rudolf Strasser (1919 – 2014) over a period of more than fifty years this collection includes valuable Renaissance and Baroque Period lasses from Europe’s most important glass producing regions, for example Venice, Hall in Tyrol, Innsbruck, Germany, Bohemia, Silesia, and the Netherlands.
In 2004, Professor Rudolf Strasser's outstanding glass collection passed into the possession of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. Since 2013, the majority of the collection – more than 200 goblets, chalices, cylindrical beakers and tankards – are displayed in the Hochschloss (Upper Castle) of Ambras Castle. Some more outstanding glasses are allotted in the Kunstkammer Vienna.
The Ambraser Collection displays elaborately decorated cut and engraved goblets, glasses with diamond-point engraving and diamond-point stipple engraving, copper-wheel engraving, Hochschnitt (relief) and Tiefschnitt (intaglio) engraving, Zwischengoldglas, Schwarzlot tumblers, and gold ruby glasses. They tell the story and the technique of glass art from the beginning of the 16th century to the end of the 18th century.
Schloss Ambras Innsbruck was the ideal place for Rudolf Strasser to present his collection: Archduke Ferdinand II (1529 – 1595), the founder of the Ambras Collections, was particularly taken by glass. He was the first prince in the Renaissance to found his own court glassworks in Innsbruck, where glassmakers from Murano, who had been famous for glass production since the Renaissance, produced fine luxury glasses and glass objects according to his ideas and wishes. Many of these glass objects are still to be found in the Chamber of Art and Wonders in Ambras Castle.
Adopt a masterpiece
Did you fall in love with a particular artwork during your visit of the exhibition?
By adopting an artwork from one of our collections you help us preserve, restore and explore our rich holdings and you have the opportunity to undertake the cultural responsibility for one of these objects in a very personal manner.