Congress of Vienna

9 June 1815

The Congress of Vienna from 18 September 1814 - 9 June 1815 redraw the boundaries and established new countries in Europe. The immedeate background was the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, who's actions had significantly altered the political map of the continent.

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    Caricature of the role of Chancellor Metternich during the Revolution of 1848. "Kein Champagner! abgezogenen Johannisberger am Rennweg. - No Champaigne, Johannisberger wine from the Rennweg!", Prince Metternich's home in Vienna.


    The Imperial "Carousel" (a riding performance) in the Court Riding Hall in Vienna's Imperial palace. The carousel was one of the opening ceremonies for the Congress of Vienna, November 1814. Watercolour,pen and ink. Inv.22.667


    A carrousel for the Congress:One of the opening cere- monies of the Vienna Congress was an elaborate horse- carrousel with Lipizzaners in the Winter Riding School attended by numerous heads of states,assembled for the Congress of Vienna 1814-1815.

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    Masqued Ball in the Redoutensaal on occasion of the Congress of Vienna with performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and his composition "Wellington's victory in the battle of Vittoria". Colour print (ca. 1815)


    Main dining room of the Pallavicini Palace with the table laid for a ceremonial dinner. Ludwig van Beethoven played here during the Congress of Vienna.


    Main dining room of the Pallavicini Palace with the table laid for a ceremonial dinner. Ludwig van Beethoven played here during the Congress of Vienna.


    Razumovsky Palace. Prince Razumovsky was an ambassador of the Russian Tsar and patron of Ludwig van Beethoven. Watercolour


    Charles Joseph Prince de Ligne (1735-1814), Russian and Austrian Fieldmarshal, member of the Masonic lodge L'Heureuse Rencontre in Brusseks and Master of the officers' lodge of the regiment de Ligne "Ligne Equitable" created in 1785; one of the gracious hosts of the Congress of Vienna (1814/1815). He wears the uniform of a Captain of the Imperial Bodyguard.


    The hall in the Imperial Foreign Office,now the Chancellery,where the Congress of Vienna met 1814/15 after the defeat of Napoleon I. Austria

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    Meeting of the Congress of Vienna,1814/15: The Congress of Vienna under the Leadership of Clemens Wenzel Lothar Prince von Metternich (1814-15) Sepia drawing In the autumn of 1814, diplomats and representatives of the European powers met at the Congress of Vienna. The Parisian court painter Jean Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855) traveled there as part of the French delegation and executed a portrait of 22 participants. On the left side of the drawing, Austrian Chancellor Metternich gestures toward the British Secretary of State, Viscount Robert Castlereagh (seated). Across from him sits Prussian Chancellor Karl August von Hardenberg (lower left corner). England's Duke of Wellington stands behind Hardenberg. On the right side the French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord rests his right arm on the table. Prussia's Wilhlem von Humboldt stands second from the left. Count Rasoumoffsky, the representative of Czar Alexander I of Russia, appears near the center of the portrait; he stands before the lower left corner of the large portrait on the wall.


    Caricature on the "dancing" Congress of Vienna, from left to right:Talleyrand,Lord Castlereagh,Emperor Franz I.,Tsar Alexander I,Friedrich Wilhelm III, Friedrich August I and a personification of the Republic of Genoa.Colour engraving.


    Statesman Clemens Wenzel von Metternich Canvas, around 1820-1825


    Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, Prince of Benevent, French politician and Minister of foreign affairs under Napoleon I Bonaparte and Louis XVIII. Oil on canvas


    Before the signing of the Austrian State Treaty on 15 May 1955): The Austrian government meets Soviet foreign minister Vyatcheslav Molotov at the Office of the Federal Cancellor in Vienna. Chancellor Julius Raab shows Soviet foreign minister Vyatcheslav Molotov the 18th century hall where the Vienna Congress met in 1815 to re-arrange Europe's frontiers after the Napoleonic Wars. Office of the Federal Chancellor, Vienna, Austria, 1955