Vienna highlights: a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Vienna highlights: a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Vienna highlights: a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

Vienna highlights: a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

If you are into culture, art, history and even food, a visit to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art) is something you must put on your schedule.  Make sure you allocate enough time to really enjoy many of the museum’s vast collections, there’s a lot to see. It is huge and quite impressive including the building itself which is done in a splendid Neo Baroque style and directly mimics the exact duplicate across the plaza which represents the Museum of Natural Sciences and History.

 

There are so many areas of extensive and permanent collections of the Kunsthistorische. I’ll share some of my favorites artists and areas of interests that I typically gravitate to when I visit something this grand an institution filled with so many magnificent collections of artwork and treasures.

 

 

Fine art collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Fine art collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Picture Galleries

 

The Kunstshistorisches has some of the finest collections of Masters in European art in the world. This museum houses many pieces by iconic master painters including: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and the list goes on of Italian, Spanish, Flemish and Dutch, and German masters. In one word it is quite ‘Impressive’. One of my favorite rooms is dedicated to Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his grand displays of everyday people and life with so much intricate detail and whimsy. It’s one of the finest collections assembled of his artwork anywhere in the world and definitely worth seeing when you are at this museum.

 

Master painters at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Master painters at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

A student painter copies a master

Copying a masterpiece at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Copying a masterpiece at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

 

 

 

Master paintings at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Master paintings at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

The museum has many world collections of the finest Egyptian and near Eastern art work, Greek and Roman antiquities, Royal treasures, musical instruments, Imperial armory from various time frames and the extensive fine art picture of galleries. There’s a full gamut of fine art collections and treasuries housed in the many galleries of the museum to keep you wowed the entire day, if not weeks, but only if you have the will power to see all of these wonderful collections. My suggestion for visiting such a large institution, would be to spend some time at the information desk to get an overview and check out the catalog for any new or special exhibits and spend time in the galleries that appeal to your curiosity and aesthetic. Take a break and have a nice meal in the restaurant, and when you are recharged, go back and visit some of the galleries that are still on your list to check out.

 

Hapsburg gifts and treasures Kunsthistorisches Museum

Hapsburg gifts and treasures Kunsthistorisches Museum

Hapsburg gifts and treasures

Unlike the royal treasury located close by in the Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg collection of treasures at the Kunsthistorisches Museum are mostly royal gifts given by dignitaries and rulers of other countries as a token of friendship or business collaborations with the Hapsburg rulers. There are many rooms allocated to the royal gifts which include elaborate artwork, jewelry, intricate boxes, statues and a variety of royal bric-a-brac that only one would present to a Hapsburg ruler.

 

Gold and jeweled treasures Kunsthistorisches Museum

Gold and jeweled treasures Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

 

 

 

Ornate treasures Kunsthistorisches Museum

Ornate treasures Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

 

 

 

The main atrium and dining area at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

The main atrium and dining area at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Architectural details

The interior entry, hallways and galleries are stunning and exquisitely detailed with carvings, sculpture and ornately designed elements that showcase the museum in grand fashion. The main atrium and grand staircase are filled with impressive sculpture and architectural detail that makes a statement and grabs your attention immediately, to stop and study all the fine details and artistry. It’s interesting to look around the building from different vantage points like from the balconies above the rotunda looking below to the restaurant and main entries (above photo). There’s so much to absorb and enjoy on a macro and micro level, depending on how much you want to delved into the  details and craftsmanship. The architectural interiors done in Neo-Baroque style definitely wow you when you enter and start seeing the various galleries. It’s the type of classical style that melds in well with the artwork presented and truly and enhances the entire collection.

 

Grand staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Grand staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

 

 

Sculpture along the grand staircase at Kunsthistorisches Museum

Sculpture along the grand staircase at Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

 

 

Central atrium of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Central atrium of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

 

What do you think, quite spectacular right? The Kunsthistorisches Museum is pretty amazing, but don’t get overloaded with too much to see at one time. I had to go outside and take a nice long lunch and after being refreshed from a nice meal, I went back to visit some of the other galleries that I was interested in checking out. There are so many impressive collections to see, but really pick and choose what looks interesting or you will definitely become overloaded with rooms filled with stuff!

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5 Responses to Vienna highlights: a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

  1. Heather October 6, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    What a treasure trove! Though this fabulous museum looks visiting for the architecture alone!

  2. Marisol@TravelingSolemates September 28, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    Hi Noel, if you didn’t say you were in a museum I would think you were sitting in your own living room. You looked so at home and proud of your art collection. Yes, Kunsthistorisches is spectacular indeed. Amazing collect. The museum itself looks like a piece of art. I’m sorry I missed it was in Vienna. I like your suggestion about getting an overview first then figuring out what appeals to you most – and taking a break at that marvelous restaurant. It looks so beautiful in that dining area I may not leave. Great photography. So sharp even with low lights.

  3. Rhonda Albom September 27, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    Fabulous artwork. Amazing how many photos they can get on one wall.

  4. Marilyn Armstrong September 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    NICE! You look good too 🙂

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  1. 10 things you should be doing in Vienna | Travel Photo DiscoveryTravel Photo Discovery - October 1, 2014

    […] Vienna is filled with so many world-class museums, most are centered around the historic district along the Ringstrasse. You can have your pick of natural science, history or royal treasures, impressive art collections and even present day contemporary art and collections. For a more general overview of Vienna’s best art collections, I think the place that you must visit would be the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History, Vienna).  It is worth visiting this museum to see some of the world’s best fine art and permanent collections of art, artifacts and current shows housed in this museum. Each distinct section of the museum showcase an outstanding collection of treasures that you should see (depending on personal interest). Upon entry, make sure to drop by the information desk for a map and to preview any of the collections that may be interesting to visit. This is one of those grand museums that you can easily spend a week exploring on its own. To find out more about the Kunsthistoricsches Museum, you can visit their website here. I also did a post about seeing some of the amazing collections at the museum, you can check out my post here. […]

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