Museum of Fine Art : Michelin's recommendations
The majority of the wealth of exhibits in the Kunsthistorisches Museum were acquired by the Habsburgs from their favourite artists. This explains the inevitable gaps which are offset by the principally excellent choices of these brilliant patrons. The museum's 4km of corridors take visitors to collections housed in 5 departments: on the mezzanine floor (right side) are the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collections** (Rooms I to VIII) and the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities** (Rooms IX to XVIII); on the left are the Sculptures and Decorative Arts** (Rooms XIX to XXXVI), a particular reflection of the Habsburgs enthusiasm for the arts. Due to lack of space, this unrivalled collection has to be presented on a rotation basis. However, the absolute masterpieces are to be found in the Art Gallery*** on the first floor. There has been no systematic choice, simply an accumulation of magnificent works. There is the world's largest collection of Brueghels (including three paintings from the Hunters in the Snow*** series). Of particular note (the list is incomplete) are the Flemish primitives (Van Eyck, Van der Goes and Van der Weyden), Northern Renaissance (Dürer, Cranach the Elder, Altdorfer, Schongauer, Holbein the Younger) and the Italian painters with Raphaël, Titian and Tintoretto (Suzannah and the Elders**). Special rooms are dedicated to Van Dyck and Rubens. 17C Dutch painting is particularly well represented with Vermeer (The Artist's Studio***) and Rembrandt (his Self Portrait** is a must) as well as the great Spanish and Italian painters of that period (Velázquez and Carracci). This concludes a brief tour of one of Europe's greatest museums.
- Address : Kunsthistoriches Museum - Maria-Theresien Platz A - 1010 Wien1010Wien
- Phone : 01525240
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.khm.at
- Prices : 12 € (-19 years old free of charge)