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The children’s armour of Charles V

Help us to make the visit of Charles to his aunt Margaret possible!

About the project

Help us to make the visit of Charles to his aunt Margaret possible!
The Museum Hof van Busleyden is planning an exhibition on Renaissance Children, which will open on October, 23rd 2020. One highlight of the show will be the children’s armour of Charles V. of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The armour was made for Charles when he lived in Mechelen at the court of his aunt Margaret of Austria. In order to present this unique armour during the exhibition, a new mannequin has to be made.

For this purpose, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the Museum Hof van Busleyden are joining forces to raise 6000€ for a hand tailored mannequin.

The manufacturing process will be documented by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. This special behind-the-scenes-story form the workshop of the Imperial Armoury will be shared on this platform.

What are the funds for?

The restorers of the Imperial Armoury and a specialist from Tyrol will manufacture the mannequin in order to guarantee the best possible presentation at the exhibition at Mechelen. After the end of the exhibition the mannequin will travel back to Vienna to be on display at the Imperial Armoury. 

About the project owner

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna houses one of the world’s foremost art collections. Its rich and fabulous holdings bear eloquent witness to the Habsburgs’ connoisseurship, patronage and love of art. For over six centuries, members of the house of Habsburg commissioned innovative artworks and bequeathed the treasures they had assembled to their heirs.

As a palace of the fine arts, the Kunsthistorisches Museum opened in 1891. Its famous collections hold treasures from Old Egypt, Greek and Roman Antiquity up to the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

The Imperial Armoury of the Kunsthistorisches Museum numbers among the best of its kind in the world. It is the best-documented collection of court arms and armour in the western world because nearly all western European princes from the 15th to the early 20th centuries are represented with armour and ornamental weapons.


Museum Hof van Busleyden - Burgundian Citypalace Mechelen

Welcome to the Museum Hof van Busleyden! Step into this majestic and magnificent Renaissance palace in Mechelen, the capital of the Burgundian Netherlands. Follow in the footsteps of Hiëronymus van Busleyden, Margaret of Austria, Erasmus and Thomas More. Exchange ideas and reflect on our changing world, much like they did.

The opening up of the New World in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries ushered in a new era, called the Renaissance, in which man was considered the centre of the universe. An era in which everything changed. Today this house has once again become a meeting place, a place for conversations, where new ideas are born and art is collected and displayed.

Find out more about the surprising Burgundian history as you venture deeper into the Hof van Busleyden, discovering its treasures and stories. Learn more about the Burgundians’ ideas, about the city, about power and about mastership and craftsmanship. Move from lively and bustling rooms to more private and quieter places. Go in search of the real Margaret and peek into the intriguing and fragile Enclosed Gardens.

In this museum we look back at the city’s glorious history and look ahead to the future, together with you. Travel back and forth, between the past and present. Experiment and engage in a dialogue with the museum and its ever-changing collection.

The story is far from finished.

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