Although today’s Austria no longer has international power the way it used to, it is certainly worth visiting if you are a fan of European culture. Its capital Vienna not only has been titled (a few times straight) the world’s first city in terms of living standards – it also offers a rich choice of sights fitting any taste.
Local parks, theatres, palaces, museums and churches create a feeling of an enhanced concentration of beauty. If you are limited in time, choosing places to see in Vienna won’t be easy – especially because this imperial city’s atmosphere doesn’t bode for hurry. We will make things easier when it comes to museums. The Museum of Art History should be on your list.
The Museum of Fine Arts is placed in a beautiful historic district on Maria-Theresien-Platz and is open every day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays). Art lovers come here first of all to see the paintings collection including works of the greatest artists of 14-18 centuries.
The most important thing here is not to mistake this museum for the Natural History Museum that is absolutely identical on the outside and besides faces the former.
History and interior work
The museum opened in 1890s, and since then it has been the biggest art museum of Austria and one of the most important museums of the planet. It appeared to house a vast collection of artworks belonging to the Habsburgs. The museum’s interiors are famous for their lavish décor that includes marble, gold leafy, various ornaments and glyphic components.
The main staircase and the well-known café under the dome – where a dinner becomes an almost different cultural event – should be mentioned separately.
It is the Viennese Museum of Art History that has the most complete collection of paintings created by the Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Generally, the picture gallery reflects the cultural heritage of such countries as Italy, Flanders, Germany, and England. The museum collection includes works of the legendary artists, with Giorgione, Rafael, Titian, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Bellini to name a few.
Many works in mannerism style are presented here as well, including those of the famed and highly reputed Italian artist Arcimboldo.