Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Airs Above the Ground"

        The Spanish Riding School of Vienna
                  Spanish Riding School Vienna/ Spanische Hofrietschule Wien
                                   -Postcard photos by Hans H. Rau, Vienna,
                                       from a folio "Das schöne Wien", c. 1970.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna presents a thrilling equestrian spectacle
featuring the high-stepping maneuvers of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions.
These "Airs Above the Ground", originally used on the battlefield as defensive
postures, became the centerpiece of this fantastic equine ballet.

      - Postcard folio photo by Hans H. Rau, Vienna, c. 1970                                                                
If you plan to visit Vienna, click on the link to the Vienna Ticket Office website
for a performance schedule: .

Wein Museum has an extensive collection of historical postcards, and is looking to
augment its collection with examples dating from 1945 to the present, including
the work of Hans H. Rau.  When you access the website, click on Collections,
then click on Topography and Urban Development, and then click on Picture
Postcards: .

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