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08 Apr 2020

Angelica Kauffman on the Austria 100 Schilling Banknote

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

The schilling was the currency of Austria from 1928 to 1938 (when Germany annexed Austria) and again from 1945 to 1999 (when the euro became the official currency of Austria). For 54 years after the schilling was reintroduced following World War II, the central bank of Austria issued Austria schilling banknotes in various denominations and with different designs. And, one of these banknotes was a 100-schilling banknote issued in 1969 that depicted Angelica Kauffman (pictured).

The olive green 150 x 75 mm cotton fiber Angelica Kauffman banknote was printed until 1983 when it was replaced by a 100-schilling banknote featuring Austrian economist Eugen Bohm von Bawerk. The obverse depicts Angelica Kauffman after a painting by the English painter Joshua Reynolds and the reverse depicts a traditional house in the Bregenz Forest, with the living quarters, store rooms and barn under the same roof, where Angelica Kauffmann was born. In 1999 all Austria schilling banknotes were discontinued as legal tender but could be exchanged for euros for 20 years. The Angelica Kauffman banknotes are now obsolete, but Angelica Kauffman is still remembered as a talented and influential woman.

Angela Kauffman was trained as an artist by her father, a muralist and painter. By age 12 she was recognized as a gifted portrait artist. Not only an immensely talented artist but also an attractive and charming linguist and opera singer, she had a very successful career in London and Rome as a portrait, landscape and decoration painter in the neo-classical style. (A self-portrait is pictured.) While in London she was one of only two women among the 34 founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts - which has promoted the appreciation, understanding of and practice of art for 252 years.

Angelica Kauffman died in 1807, and in 2007, the Angela Kauffman Museum was established inSchwarzenberg,VorarlbergAustria in a re-molded farmhouse in the architectural style of the region (pictured).



Level 6

Great history! Loved the blog and photos! ; )


Level 5

Amazing history! Thanks so very much for sharing! Cheers, NM


Level 7

Not to get off the subject but I could live in that beautiful museum. We're I come from we lived in something similarity was called.a.cottage with a thatched roof. Just about the same size. But since it was built in your honor Sir. Well deserved. You can live there. That's such an honor. And another great woman we now know about. Thank you for this blog it was very enjoyable.


Level 5

Great blog. I had never heard Angelica Kauffman. Now I have the desire to add one of these notes to my collection. I like the spelling "hundert" on the note. It reminds me of my relatives when I was younger.


Level 6

I find your comments to our comments almost as interesting as your blog. Almost! Another great lady most of us would not be aware of without your work. Great pictures. Thank you!

It's Mokie

Level 6

I love that farmhouse museum. Would be an honor to visit Ms. Kauffman's museum. Thanks for sharing.

Al Raddi

Level 4

Thanks, Mokester. Because most of Angelica Kauffman's paintings, etchings and decorations are in the hands of private collectors, the museum is a little short on her works - except when they solicit loans for special exhibits . But, the setting is gorgeous.


Level 5

Awesome to have a museum built in your honor. Always wished I had become more artustic. Would be great to be able to paint landscapes or anything with some skill level. Thanks for the post on Angela Kauffman. Very interesting.

Al Raddi

Level 4

Thanks Golfer. It almost seems unfair that she was not only a very good artist but also a very good singer. And she only only chose art over opera singing because her parish priest told her that artists were higher caliber people.

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