Kunsthistorisches - The Palace of Arts History, Vienna

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The Kunsthistorische Museum is one of the great art gallery is the world. Surprisingly the strength of its collection concentrate on the Low Countries and Northern Italy. However, the most surprising thing about the gallery is the beautiful interior of the entrance hall. The building is one of the best gallery I have seen, perhaps with the exception of the Louvre, in Paris.

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First created 7 May 2012. Version 1.0 - 12 May 2012. Jerry Tse. London . Kunsthistorisches All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. The Palace of Arts History, Vienna

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History of the Collection Arts and architecture have always been used by the rich and famous to display their wealth and power. The Kunsthistorisches Museum together with its sister Naturhistorishes Museum were opened in 1891 by the Emperor Franz Joseph. The two museums have identical external appearance, facing each others on opposite sides of a square. The museums were commissioned in order to display the formidable art collection of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The museums were built without any budgetary limits, between 1872 and 1891. As a result the buildings are worth a visit on their own merit. The painting collection reflects the tastes as well as paintings from the various places that once ruled by the Hapsburg family – Spain, The Low countries, Austria and the lands once under the rule of the Holy Roman Empire. This contrast with the conspicuous absence of paintings from the earlier Italian Renaissance. The dome. note the distinctive black marble.

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Ceiling of the entrance hall

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Entrance hall.

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The entrance hall ceiling.

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Marble floor in the entrance hall.

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The main staircase.

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Ceiling of the grand staircase.

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Black marble column.

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Grand staircase.

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The grand staircase.

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The upper floor gallery.

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Dutch & Flemish

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Italian

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German

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Spanish

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All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use. Music – The Blue Danube, composed by Johan Strauss. Hunters in the Snow (Detail). Pieter Brughel the Elder. The End

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