The trip to Vienna was a bit sentimental journey for me. I visited some places that impressed me when I was there before. For the first time I was in Vienna in 1979, with my husband and elder son (only one at that time). We spent a few weeks in Italy and visited countless art galleries. It seemed to us that we were saturated with famous paintings. But in spite of this we went to Kunsthistorisches Museum and were speechless seeing the treasures there. So, on my last day in Vienna I went there again. And I was not disappointed. it is wonderful museum. The building itself is fabulous and it contains many famous works. I like most the Brueghel paintings, but there is also Raphael, Vermeer and Archimboldo, and Infanta Margherita by Velazques. Quite amazing. What important - almost empty!! No crowds, no people making photos with mobiles. Comfortable couches to relax. Probably all were Schoenbrunn in that time. And photographers friendly - the photos are allowed. Perfect visit. I recommend to go there.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. It was opened around 1891 at the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. The two museums have identical exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz. Both buildings were built between 1872 and 1891 according to plans drawn up by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.
The two Ringstraße museums were commissioned by the Emperor in order to find a suitable shelter for the Habsburgs' formidable art collection and to make it accessible to the general public. The façade was built of sandstone. The building is rectangular in shape, and topped with a dome that is 60 meters high. The inside of the building is lavishly decorated with marble, stucco ornamentations, gold-leaf, and paintings.
View from above.
Slightly other POV.
Big beta version.
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snunney (107513) 2014-07-21 4:11
A great capture of this most beautiful interior. Perfectly exposed and with superb colours and clarity. I like the upwards point of view and the presence of the people who bring the scene to life and offer a sense of scale.
sabermonajati (11435) 2014-07-21 4:26
wonderful and illustrated architecture you captured.
Sergiom (89341) 2014-07-21 5:19
Une contre plongée des mieux réussi qui donne beaucoup d'ampleur à l'escalier monumental et qui utilise parfaitement le superbe plafond comme arrière plan. Les personnages apportent une belle relation dimensionnelle.
jhm (161051) 2014-07-21 5:20
These picture is one of the most beautiful picture of these place.
What a nice clarity and sharpness, but also your light in background is fantastic.
Also good perspective and depth picture.
You create a very pleasant picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
holmertz (59764) 2014-07-21 7:52
I was here already in 1969! I don't remember which paintings I saw here, just that I was very impressed by the collection, as well as the magnificent building. What I do remember is how I once put my finger on a frame to keep my balance when watching a painting very closely. In a matter of seconds an angry voice from a loudspeaker told me to immediately step away from the painting :-)
This photo shows very well the beauty of the building. The low POV is well chosen to show how impressive it is. Of course i appreciate that you waited patiently to include a few persons ;-).
rychem (43434) 2014-07-21 8:51
pięknie, symetryczne zdjęcie z doskonałym zarządzaniem światłem, robi wrażenie bogaty wystrój i schody jak na Broadwayu :)
Graal (103038) 2014-07-21 9:07
piekne miejsca oglada sie z przyjemnoscia. Tak jak tutaj. Bdb jakosc zdjecia i tych do kompletu w WS. Mimo, ze bylem w Wiedniu takich wnetrz nie mialem okazji zobaczyc.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-07-21 11:25
A superb capture of this gorgeous interior with lovely symmetric framing. The exposure is excellent and we get to see so many beautiful details of the sculptures, the walls and the ceiling with such fine clarity. The presence of the people including the couple descending the stairs animates and brings the scene to life.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
Have a great new week ahead.
Noel_Byrne (33732) 2014-07-21 11:34
I have had friends laugh at me before, I go to museums and care not for the exhibits, but take photos of the building. You have created the perfect justification for that with this image, what an amazing place! Imposing, like a palace, and reading your note, filled with the finest treasures. I really appreciate your note on this place, and if I find myself here, this will be the first place on my list.
I wonder if everybody was elsewhere or if people just don't care for art anymore?
thanks as always for a beautiful image.
carlo62 (55828) 2014-07-21 14:32
un luogo magnifico per festeggiare un ritorno.
Tutte quelle opere sono un'ottima compagnia, non c'è necessariamente bisogno di turisti ;)
Bello scatto, il museo è veramente bello e la donna con la camicia rossa è posizionata perfettamente.
photoray (13981) 2014-07-21 18:04
Based upon your interior image of Kunsthistorisches Museum, elaborate and detailed classical artworks everywhere, including the ceiling, I hope to one day visit. And a bonus with photography friendly.
Thanks for sharing,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-21 21:12
On revient toujours sur le lieu de son "crime" :) Trois photos intéressantes présentant l'architecture de ce Museum si riche en chefs d'oeuvre.
Fis2 (107560) 2014-07-22 2:05
Piekne wnetrze, lubie takie!
Super kadr, kolory i ostrodc.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-07-22 6:22
this photo and the bruegel one are quite familiar to me, i guess you know why :)
i also had loved the fact that such an important museum was visited by only a few people, giving a lot of time and space for enthusiastic visitors like me. of course, like you, my favourite gallery was bruegel's. bruegel and bosch, i love both.
ktanska (29477) 2014-07-22 11:17
View up the stairs gives this special and more dynamic than usual angle. It is absolutely fascinating how rich decorations these classic palaces have. I also think the grey and gold colours are very harmonous.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-23 7:55
This is something I miss living in Namibia; the access to good art galleries and museums. This one looks particularly nice Malgo. Not only does it house a fine collection of art but of itself the building is finely decorated. Not only that but as you say quite empty. Now here is a place to enjoy and absorb without huge crowds... what a pleasure!
You strongly upward POV is most effective here and I do like the bright red jersey... it adds a little extra zip to the shot.
Silvio1953 (154255) 2014-07-23 11:54
Ciao Malgorzata, great view of fantastic interior, lovely composition with nice couple in FG, beautiful simmetry, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
serp2000 (45970) 2014-07-24 8:35
Great! My congratulations, Malgo!
Outstanding quality, perfect details, it some strange for F/4.
Good title and very interesting story from your life. I hope it is the same museum with the same masterpieces.
Now I'd like to visit some favorite places from my past times.
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-26 1:37
Imponujące wnętrze oraz fantastyczny symetryczny kadr! Obie rzeczy grają tu ze sobą przepięknie. Perełka! Bardzo mi się podoba.
ChrisJ (119045) 2014-07-28 12:25
A good upward pov with the people descending the stairs animating the superb interior shot of the impressive architecture and artwork. Good sharpness and I found out something about the bg statue from Wiki: "Theseus Defeats the Centaur by Antonio Canova (1804–1819), Kunsthistorisches Museum" Tfs!
adores (46419) 2014-08-02 15:43
The decorations are really amazing, so many details to see here. I like this pov and the presence of the people. You managed light really well!
macjake (73063) 2014-08-04 12:00
I love this photo!
for me personally, its not about the subject, its all about the compo and how the overall photo looks.
its a photo that looks like i took with my super wide angle :)
the large triangular shaped lines on each side really draw me in. the arches in the bg add a sweet touch of geometry.
super clear and sharp photo Malgo.
an easy 10 out of 10 for me
nikkitta (17068) 2014-08-05 12:46
Sorry, but finally found this capture seen days before, quite remember the impressive stairs and taken a picture at Canovas statue from one side
Up, resting a bit at the coffee on the WS and ONLY watching Brueghel paintings
Here is the best capture I have seen with good light management and well upwards POV
Well done ,tfs