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P. BRUEGEL "Hunters in the snow" at KHM. - Vienna
P. BRUEGEL "Hunters in the snow" at KHM.

During my first stay in Vienna (in 1968) I was struck by the similarity between the former capital of the empire of the Habsburg and my city of Brussels. Common baroque architectural elements and cobblestones as there were in Brussels in the fifties.
Nothing surprising in this nearness, Vienna of the Habsburg ruled Brussels during two centuries.

The archduke Leopold Guillaume brother of the emperor of Austria Ferdinand II and brother-in-law of the king of Spain Philippe IV was appointed in 1646 governor of the Spanish Low Countries (presently Belgium).
It is in Brussels that he acquired a beautiful collection of 1400 paintings, advised by the Flemish painter David Teniers the younger. Nothing surprising therefore that the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna is so rich in paintings of the Flemish school (paintings gallery). The influence of Vienna on Brussels became even stronger when, after the War of Succession of Spain, the Southern Netherlands were transferred to the Austrian branch of Habsburg at the beginning of the 18th century
Another important collector of art duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, son-in-law of the Empress Marie-Thérèse, became governor in Brussels in 1780, and was at the origin of the graphic collection of the "Albertina".

The influence of Vienna on Brussels stopped with the French revolution and the annexation of Belgium by France.

These last twenty years Vienna developed in a city of art of first importance at world level while Brussels became the administrative capital of the EU.
Between art and bureaucracy my choice goes to Vienna. Every 3 - 4 years I make a tour of Vienna, where I feel at home.

David Teniers le Jeune - Gallery in Brussels. KHM. - Vienna

David Teniers le Jeune - Gallery in Brussels. KHM.

Lors de mon premier séjour à Vienne (en 1968) je fus frappé par les similarités entre l'ancienne capitale de l'empire des Habsbourg et ma ville de Bruxelles. Eléments architecturaux baroques communs et des pavés comme il y en avait encore à Bruxelles dans les années cinquante.
Rien d'étonnant à cette proximité, la Vienne des Habsbourg exerça deux siècles durant son influence sur Bruxelles.
L'archiduc Léopold Guillaume frère de l'empereur d'Autriche Ferdinand II et beau-frère du roi d'Espagne Philippe IV fut nommé en 1646 gouverneur des Pays Bas espagnols de l'époque (Belgique actuelle).C'est à Bruxelles qu'il constitua l'une des plus belles collections de peinture, 1400 tableaux, du XVIIe siècle, conseillé d'ailleurs par le peintre flamand David Teniers le jeune.
Rien d'étonnant dès lors que le K.H.Museum de Vienne ne soit si riche en peintures de l'école flamande
L'influence de Vienne à Bruxelles s'intensifia encore lorsque, après la Guerre de succession d'Espagne, les Pays-Bas méridionaux passèrent à la branche autrichienne des Habsbourg au début du XVIIIe siècle.
Un autre grand collectionneur d'art devient gouverneur à Bruxelles, le duc Albert de Saxe-Teschen, gendre de l'impératrice Marie-Thérèse. Il fut à l'origine de la collection graphique de l' "Albertina".

Ce n'est qu'avec la révolution française et l'annexion de l'actuelle Belgique par la France que cessa l'influence Viennoise à Bruxelles.

Ces vingt dernières années, Vienne s'est magnifiquement développée en une ville d'art de tout premier plan au niveau européen et au niveau mondial.

Tous les 3-4 ans je fais mon petit tour de Vienne, je m'y sens chez moi d'autant plus que je comprends la langue.

Photo "L'archiduc Léopold Guillaume dans sa galerie de Bruxelles."
David Teniers le Jeune, vers1651, au KHM.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Pieter Bruegel collection.
  • Cons:Nothing up till now.
  • In a nutshell:Reducing Vienna to a nutshell! I don't want to offend the inhabitants of Wien.
  • Last visit to Vienna: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    My guest at my opera course tonight was a young singer who did her studies in Vienna. So I decided to come back here and look at your recently updated Vienna tips.

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    Jul 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Eddy, I’m glad to see that you have added some new tips and numerous updates since I last looked at this page in August 2012. My last visit to Vienna was before I joined VT and it was a business trip, so I had little time for sightseeing and took no photos. I did see two operas, however, one by Mozart and one by Donizetti.

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    HI Eddy, I printed out your tips for Vienna read them on the plane over to Vienna and found them very useful thanks for taking the time to post them

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Shame on me! I didn't see Hunters in the snow! so, Ididn't see then! I promise to mend next time in Vienna! :-) very informatie page of architecture and art! I like very much!

  • Oct 7, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Remarkable reviews expressing your own opinions good or less good!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I'm glad to see you have added numerous updates and new tips just in the past three weeks. And the rating system seems to be working fine – there was not a single "null" anywhere. Maybe that only happened while they were changing over to the new system.

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Très belle page: Bons tuyaux, belles photos, infos utiles, un brin d'humour parfois : Tout ce qu'il faut pour qu'un VT soit bien informé . Bon travail Eddy. Vous allez nous manquer demain à Anvers !
    A très bientôt j'espères , Amitiés,

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2012 at 4:28 AM

    Hi Eddy
    Another absolute cracker of a page - you manage to educate my artistic senses so enjoyably!
    I was lured in by your introductory photo of my all time favourite Brueghel (well, other than yourself, of course) - Hunters in the Snow. However, I doubt that I will ever make a particular effort to visit Vienna, as the mere sight of all that Baroque excess made me feel queasy!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Hi Eddy, I see that you have greatly expanded your fine Vienna page (and done lots of updates) since I last looked here on February 22. I will really have to visit Vienna again and go to the great art museums as well as the three opera houses. (I was thinking of going to Vienna in October but have booked a trip to Marseille instead.)
    I don’t know much about Wolfgang Pauli but I once had a phase in which I read several books about Erwin Schrödinger.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Good page, with photo's to match!

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