The Entire Spectrum of Ancient "Minor Arts"

In order to differentiate it from "major" art – architecture, sculpture, painting – art history coined the term "minor arts" for the many variations of small-scale artwork and decorated objects. In line with this, the State Collections of Antiquities used to be known as the "Museum of Ancient Minor Arts".

A visit to the Collections of Antiquities on Königsplatz makes it very clear that minor arts do not need to fear comparison with major art. Masterpieces of pottery, small-scale sculpture in bronze or terracotta, gold work and lapidary work but also glass blowing are presented to the visitor in didactical form.