Photographer's Note

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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