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"On the Ringstrasse - Kunsthistorische Museum" KHM - Kunsthistorisches Museum - Art History Museum Tip by yooperprof

  Temple of Art
by yooperprof

The Kunsthistorische Museum is one of the greatest art collections in the world. Not the broadest or most encyclopedic - the Kunsthistorische reflects the collecting tastes of the Habsburg dynasty when they are the peak of their power and influence from the 16th to the 19th century. You wont find any stronger collections of 16th and 17th century Italian and Flemish art: Titian, Tintoretto, Parmigiano, Breughel, Van Dyke, and of course Rubens. . . Some of my faves: the 3 Rembrandt self-portraits; Pieter Breughel's "Tower of Babel; a series of Spanish Infantas by Velazquez, the bizarre Arcimboldo "Seasons". . . . There's virtually no art in the museum created later than 1815. . . although Gustav Klimt was one of the artists who helped to create the ceiling murals on grand staircase. I went to the Kunsthistorische on two separate occasions, and I still didn't have time to see the Greek and Roman exhibits on the first floor!

Address: Ringstrasse
Directions: Between Museumsplatz & Burgring
Phone: +43 1 52524

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  • Written Aug 5, 2003
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