War of Spanish Succession

1701 - 1714

The War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714) was fought over the possible unification of the Kingdoms of Spain and France under one Bourbon monarch. Following victories and losses on both sides, the war lasted for more than a decade. Consequently, the concept of balance of power became part of the international order.

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    Ceiling fresco "Apotheosis of Emperor Karl VI" (1685-1740) above the Emperor's Staircase,Monastery Goettweig,Austria.


    The Crowned Death, detail from the sarcophagus of Emperor Karl VI (1685-1740). Death wears the crown of the Holy Roman Empire.


    The battlefield of Hoechstaedt (Blenheim) between Lauingen and Donauwoerth in Bavaria, where, in 1704, Prince Eugene of Savoy and the Duke of Malborough defeated the French armies during the Spanish War of Succession.


    "Artilleriebesteck" - gunnery instruments for measuring and calculating - which belonged to Emperor Karl VI (1685-1740). The instruments lie on a military drawing made by Karl when still an Archduke.


    War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714): Prince Eugene of Savoy relieves Torino, Italy, from the siege by French troops, 1706. Detail: French troops flee across the river Po. Canvas


    War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714): Imperial troops commanded by Prince Eugene of Savoy rout French troops in the battle of Malplaquet, 1709. Detail.


    War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714): Treaty concerning the maintenance of Imperial troops in Spain, concluded between Prince Eugene of Savoy and the English commander, John Churchill Duke of Marlborough. The Hague, December 7, 1710.


    Apotheosis of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Prince Eugene was the greatest General of his times; his victories over the Turks halted the Turkish advance upon Europe. 1718/21, marble.


    John Churchill,Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), commander in the War of the Spanish Succession, victories over the French armies in Blenheim, Oudenaarde and Malplaquet (1704-1709).


    Karl VI, Emperor, on horseback Ivory statuette (about 1720)


    Carlos II as Grand Master of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Last Spanish Habsburg, died without issue. Oil on canvas


    Philipp(Felipe) V (1683-1746),King of Spain.


    Philip (Felipe) V of Spain. Canvas, 130 x 91 cm Cat.2337


    The family of Philipp (Felipe)Vth,King of Spain. Canvas,406 x 511 cm Cat.2283


    Gundaker Count Althan, Director of the Imperial buildings, presents Emperor Karl VI with the inventory of the new gallery of paintings in the "Stallburg", part of the Imperial Palace in Vienna. 1728 Canvas, 68x56 cm Inv. 4020 Oil sketch for 40-08-09/70