The main collection of the Castello di Miramare consists of furnishings and paintings, personally selected by Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg to decorate his private residence.
Furnishings and paintings
The collection displays pieces of furniture dating mostly between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century; these pieces of furniture can be traced to various European manufactures, mainly Italian – Lombardy and Vatican –, Dutch and English.
The paintings were either purchased or commissioned by Maximilian. They testify to his personal and cultural interests, mark a celebration of Hapsburg history and show the genesis and the evolution of the Miramare site. These paintings date largely to the nineteenth century and the authors are both European and local.There is also a small group of ancient works and copies of renowned paintings. The collection also counts some works by Maximilian’s spouse, Charlotte of Belgium.