Mining and Gothic Museum
The Mining and Gothic Museum (in German: Bergbau- & Gotikmuseum) in Leogang, Austria is dedicated to the documentation of late medieval sacral art in relation to the culture of mining. It possesses a collection of Gothic sculptures of the miners’ patron saints from the Alps region. This collection is unique throughout Europe.
The high quality standards of the museum are certified by the Austrian museum quality seal and the Museums Award 2003 of the State of Salzburg.
Since the foundation of the museum in 1992 the collection is increased by items on loan and new acquisition. The everyday life of the miners is depicted by the miner’s kitchen, Gewerkenstube and the Hoyerstube. The topic of the Hoyerstube is the displacement of 20 000 Lutherans, among them many miners, form the Archbishopric of Salzburg in 1731. The brothers Hans and Bartl Hoyer, the leaders of the Lutherans in the Pinzgau region, brought Leogang the reputation to be the “worst heretic hotbed”.
The collection exhibits more than 60 different minerals which are all found in the region The newest discovery is the so-called "Leogangite" which was only found in 2004.
The basement of the museum is home to a unique collection of sacred art, including the so-called “Beautiful Madonna”, a masterpiece of international Gothic. The sculpture was manufactured in Salzburg or Prague in 1410. The sculpture shows a marked s-shaped curve in her posture, the robe smoothly draped around her body. Mary and the child have almond-shaped eyes and a gentle smile, which are so typical for this style.
Likewise the collection also houses one of the rare "Madonnas on a Lion," depicting the Mother of God standing on a Lion. The meaning of this position has not yet been resolved.
- 2009: Gothic discovering and preserving
- 2011: Rudolf Leopold - The gothic-collector
- 2012: Mining and Art
- 2013: Gold and silver in the Archbishopric of Salzburg
- 2014: Madonnas on a Lion from Salzburg, Bohemia and Silesia
- Bergbaumuseum Leogang (Hrsg.), Bergbau Heilige – Gotische Skulpturen aud dem Alpenraum, Leogang, 2000, S. 94 f.
- Official website (in German)