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"Kunsthistorisches Museum-PAINTINGS-Gemäldegalerie." Top 5 Page for this destination KHM - Kunsthistorisches Museum - Art History Museum Tip by breughel

  KHMuseum - J. Vermeer "Allegory of painting"
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  • KHMuseum - J. Vermeer "Allegory of painting" - Vienna
      KHMuseum - J. Vermeer "Allegory of painting"
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  • P.BRUEGEL "The Peasants Dance"  KHM - Vienna
      P.BRUEGEL "The Peasants Dance" KHM
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      S. Van Hoogstraten "Old man at window"
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As one of the most important art museums of Europe the "Kunsthistorisches Museum" has now a specific site on the Vienna "things to do". I'm quite glad of this. The KHM group of museums counted 1.3 million visitors in 2007. It is for Austria what Le Louvre is for France.

The gallery of paintings of the Kunsthistorisches Museum results from the project of a private imperial collection and is the reflection of the taste of the various member collectors of the dynasty of Habsburg, mainly the emperor Rodolphe II and the archdukes Ferdinand II and Leopold Guillaume. This archduke is the greatest paint collector of his 17th century. Thanks to him the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna became a museum of an essential importance as regards the Flemish and Venetian Schools. One will notice that this collection is geographically limited to the countries which had narrow links with the Habsburg i.e. Germany, the South of Netherlands (Belgium) the North of Italy and Spain but that France and Holland, with whom Austria had tense relations, are only weakly represented. It would be vain to review the painters and the works of this grand collection of the 15th to the 18th centuries. The collection of Pieter Bruegel the Elder is unequalled and is worth by itself the journey to Vienna. Furthermore there are Van der Weyden, Dürer, Jordaens, Rubens, Van Dyck, Titien, Tintoret, Veronese, Canaleto, Velasquez and many others. One of my favourite paintings, besides the Bruegels, is the" Allegorie of Painting" of Vermeer who was acquired in 1945. I find extraordinary that 65 years ago one could still buy a Vermeer!

On my last visit I found this amusing "trompe l'oeil" picture from Samuel van Hoogstraten, a pupil from Rembrandt (photo 3).

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 18 h (Thursday 10 - 21 h).
Closed: Monday.
Price (2011): 12 €, Vienna card 11 €, <27 yr & > 65 yr 9 €.
Free < 19 yr.
The ticket is also valid for the KHM collections at the Neue Burg.

Address: Maria-Theresien Platz 5,
Directions: close to the Neue Burg and Hofburg.
Phone: &#43;43 1 52524

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2011
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