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      Lavish Must-Sees of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
    • Quick Facts

      Location: Innere Stadt (1st district)
      Closed: Mondays

    • Highlights

      • See the world's largest Bruegel collection
      • Explore 2,100 objets d'art from the Habsburgs' archives
      • Have coffee at the marble Cupola Hall

    1. Find beauty in the details with Bruegel

    The Kunsthistorisches Museum owns the world’s largest collection of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. As one of the most notable Flemish artists of the 16th century, Bruegel is known for intricate depictions of peasant life and stunning landscapes. 

    Look closely at masterpieces like “The Tower of Babel” and at the minuscule details of Bruegel’s composition. Find ant-like figures dotting the scene, tiny houses on the tower, and entire bustling cities in the background.
    The interactive website www.insidebruegel.net gives you a great view of all the paintings by Bruegel in the collection of the museum.

     

    2. Rummage through the Habsburgs’ treasure chest

    Well, you can’t exactly touch the 2,100 objets d’art that make up the Kunstkammer (chamber of art). But peering at ivory carvings and miniatures, timepieces, paintings, intricate sculptures, wall-hangings, coins, and weapons is impressive enough. 

    If you feel suddenly blinded by 10 inches of solid gold, you’ve found the “Saliera” by Cellini. This gold and enamel salt cellar is one of the museum’s glittering highlights.

    3. Titian's Vision of Women: Beauty - Love - Poetry

    This major fall 2021 exhibition is dedicated to Titian. Like no other, he excelled in the art of portraying the female form in an intellectual and elegant manner. The women depicted are luminous and their garments reflect their prominent status in Venetian high society during the Renaissance. The exhibition also examines the fashions of the time, with their precious fabrics, hairstyles, opulent gems, and lavish pearls.

     

    4. Look up inside Cupola Hall

    Cupola Hall is the beating heart of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Not only is it located at the centre of the 19th-century complex; it’s also a meeting point for museum-goers and locals. Take a seat at the Cupola Cafe and look around: the hall is paneled with white marble and decorated in gold. Above you, one of the most ornate domed ceilings in Vienna lets in the sun.

    Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

    Maria-Theresien-Platz 1

    1010 Vienna

    Austria

    Telephone:
    +43 1 52524 2500

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