Gustav von Benda

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Gustav Edler von Benda (* 1846 ; † February 7, 1932 in Vienna ) was an Austrian industrialist and art collector.


Gustav Benda was co-founder and then director of the machine and chemicals company Waldek, Wagner & Benda in 1869 . As a successful owner and industrialist, he was awarded the title of purveyor to the court .

Gustav von Benda was an art collector and was considered an important and “sensitive” Viennese art patron. In 1911 he became a member of the Monument Council of the K. u. K. Central Commission for Research and Conservation of Architectural Monuments. In March 1930 he bequeathed his collection to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna in his will . From this collection comes the so-called Bendasche Madonna , a medieval painting he acquired.

Gustav von Benda belonged to the Jewish religious community. In 1939 the collection under the name Legat Gustav Benda was dissolved by the museum administration and the pictures, sculptures and bronzes were distributed to various museums.

Benda's tomb in the Hietzingen cemetery

Benda's tomb in the Hietzinger Friedhof (group 30, row 1, no. 3) was designed by the sculptor Richard Kauffungen .

Individual evidence

  1. Handbook of the Supreme Court and the Court of His K. and K. Apostolic Majesty . Kk Hof- und Staatsdruckerei , Vienna 1917, p. 507 .
  2. Gustav Benda in the search for the deceased at


  • Benda Gustav. In: Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Volume 1, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 1957, p. 68.
  • Kunsthistorische Sammlung Wien (Ed.): Guide to the Gustav Benda Collection . (Guide through the art historical collections in Vienna, 15th issue). Vienna 1932
  • H. Baldass: The Benda Legacy and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. In: Pantheon. Volume V, 1932, pp. 157ff.
  • Benda, Gustav von . In: T. Brückler: Heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand as a monument curator. The "art files" of the military chancellery in the Austrian State Archives (war archive) . Vienna 2009 (directory of persons)
  • Republic of Austria, Federal Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs: Parliamentary Inquiry Response 5184 / AB XX. GP . Vienna 1988