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  P.BRUEGEL "The Peasant Wedding" KHM
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  • P.BRUEGEL "The Peasant Wedding"  KHM - Vienna
      P.BRUEGEL "The Peasant Wedding" KHM
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  • P.BRUEGEL "The Tower of Babel" KHM - Vienna
      P.BRUEGEL "The Tower of Babel" KHM
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  • P.BRUEGEL  "Hunters in the Snow"  KHM - Vienna
      P.BRUEGEL "Hunters in the Snow" KHM
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  • J. VERMEER  "Allegory of Painting"  KHM - Vienna
      J. VERMEER "Allegory of Painting" KHM
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  • The RUBENS hall - KHM - Vienna
      The RUBENS hall - KHM
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The collection of paintings of the KHM "Gemäldegalerie" with works from the 15th c. till the 18th c., on the first floor, is divided by the monumental staircase in two wings:

The Italian, Spanish and French paintings in Rooms I till VII and 1 till 13.
Here you will find mainly Venetian paintings (Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Canaletto), Raphael, Caravaggio and Italian Baroque painters, plus a number of Velasquez pictures.

The Flemish, Dutch and German schools are in Rooms IX till XV and 14 till 24.
Here are on display masterworks from the "Flemish Primitives" school (Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Gerard David), the 17th-century Flemish painters (Peter Paul Rubens , Antoon Van Dyck) a good collection of Dutch 17th c. paintings with a Vermeer the "Allegory of Painting" (photo 4), fine marine paintings like the "Statenjacht op de IJ" from L. Backhuizen, and German Renaissance paintings (Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach).

But, of course, it is the worldwide unique collection of 14 paintings of P. BRUEGEL the ELDER, i.e. the third of his paintings known about the world that moves visitors from all over the world to Room X of the KHM.
Among these fourteen some of the most remarkable as "The Peasant Wedding" (photo 1), "The Peasants Dance", "The Tower of Babel" (photo 2), "The Fight of Carnival and Lent", and especially the most beautiful, the purest, the most intense of the works of P. Bruegel "Hunters in the Snow"(photo 3).

Visiting the whole Paintings gallery needs 3 - 4 hours.
The larger rooms are comfortable with sofas so that you can sit in front of your preferred works to admire them at length (photo 5). Fortunately even in the Bruegel room the visitors are not bumping into each other.

If you are short in time I would suggest to start with the Flemish and Dutch part in Rooms IX, 14 and following, as this is the best part of the museum, at least in my opinion.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 18 h (Thursday 10 - 21 h).
Closed: Monday.
Price (2013): 14 ?, Vienna card 13 ?, <27 yr & > 65 yr 11 ?.
Free < 19 yr.
The ticket is also valid for the KHM collections at the Neue Burg.

Address: Maria Theresienplatz
Directions: Between Museumsplatz & Burgring
Phone: +43 1 52524
Website: http://www.khm.at

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Part of ?Hunters in the Snow? (the upper left hand corner, including the fire, one bird and one of the hunters) is on the cover of the folio edition of ?L??uvre au Noir?.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Jul 13, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      Eddy, I am still reading "L'?uvre au Noir" and find it really fascinating, especially the chapter on the Anabaptists in Münster. I didn't take the book with me to Paris, since I knew I would have no time for reading there, but will resume reading soon here in Frankfurt.

      Good luck with your "?uvre au Blanc"!

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Jul 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      My "?uvre au blanc" is now on my homepage. I have seen worse in some museums of "modern art".

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    why are our pictures 60% the same? laughing. and your lead picture comes as no surprise. don't know how i missed the vermeer, perhaps the people we were travelling with who were sweet but hardly vt material.

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Jun 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Probably because we like the same works of art.
      As what concerns "vt material" have you seen that for Amsterdam VT things to do nr 1 is the red district! De gustibus et coloribus ...

    • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
      Jun 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      my beloved p loved the rld, checked out the stores, checked out the women. i took pictures of swans in the canal.


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