Maecenas Award 2008

Walpurga Antl-Weiser, Anton Kern
Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 92 pages, 42 large-size illustrations
Hardbound in a slipcase with 3D image
ISBN: 978-3-901753-08-4


In the evening of August 6, 1908, Josef Szombathy boarded a boat from Vienna to Aggsbach to take a carriage to Willendorf on the following day, without suspecting for one minute that he was about to make one of the greatest archaeological finds in human history – the Venus of Willendorf. This book was published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its discovery. Created 25,000 years ago, it is one of the most famous female figures in the history of mankind. Through his camera, Lois Lammerhuber offers the beholder a close look never seen before: Venus from all sides, with a wealth of details, down to the tiniest pore of the stone. The Venus experts of the Vienna Natural History Museum, Walpurga Antl-Weiser and Anton Kern, provide with their essays insight into the world of the Stone Age.


Anton Kern

is director of the Department of Prehistory of the Vienna Natural History Museum. In this capacity, he is administrator of archaeological treasures unequalled worldwide, among them the outstanding Venus of Willendorf. Since 1993, he has been running the excavations at the prehistoric burial site of Hallstatt.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Walpurga Antl-Weiser

is head of the Old Stone Age collection of the Vienna Natural History Museum. For many years, the Venus of Willendorf has been a core theme of her scientific work on the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods.