The Republic of Austria is a German-speaking country in the southern part of Central Europe (Central Europe is an area situated between Western Europe and Eastern Europe,) which is considered to be the homeland of art and science. Historically the Republic of Austria is famous for its castles, buildings, paintings, art, and palaces, among other mystifying architectural works and of course its psychological studies. This all gives humanity unpriceable value and changes human life totally.
The capital of the Republic of Austria, Vienna, apart from being a center of classical and contemporary art, is also considered as one of the most beautiful historic cities of Europe. Moreover in Vienna, the psychological study was raised and the most important among all discoveries is the technique of hypnosis. It is worthy to mention one more time that this all together has had an impact on human’s lives in a positive way. Austria made human life better with its discoveries and culture. Even in the 21st sanctuary people are thankful to the scientists and artists from Austria and give them a great honor for their heritage. As in Vienna, one could find astonishing buildings, historical paintings, and status in the most famous museums and not only.
From renowned artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Albrecht Dürer, and Pieter Bruegel and their ancient paintings and artifacts, to the constantly rising contemporary newcomers, Austria’s museums and galleries have housed and represented all.
Let us now explore some of the best Austrian destinations to be lost in art and then prepare our tour books, shall we?
The Kunsthistorisches Museum: Vienna’s Museum of Art History
Housed in its current palatial facility since 1891, Vienna’s Museum of Art History houses the extensive and invaluable collections of the imperial family. Spanning across five millennia from the Egyptian-Oriental Collection, Greek and Roman collections, mysterious collections of coins, stone sarcophagi dating from 600-100 BC, and eerie mummies and wooden coffins; missing these antiquities would be a crime.
In this article, we will cover the most famous and talented artists whose roots are from Austria or they live in Austria or the artists whose paintings are in the Austrian museums. From Vermeer’s The Allegory of Painting and Raphael’s Madonna in the Meadow to the masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Titian, and Michelangelo, this museum also owns the largest Bruegel collection in the world, making it a must-visit art haven.
Tourists all over the world are admired for their fame and glory and they are not tired of coming and seeing them multiple times.
Established by the Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen in 1776 and taken over from the Habsburg dynasty in 1919 by the Austrian Republic, the Albertina Graphic Art Collection possesses the world’s largest collection of graphic art. This art gallery maintains as many as 65,000 drawings, 35,000 books, and a million printed graphic sheets transcending 500 years.
The Kite by Marc Chagall, Woman in a Green Hat by Pablo Picasso, and Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet are the highlights, among the works of other artists such as Schiele Kokoschka, Klimt, Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Baselitz. With the newest addition being the Albertian Modern Museum containing art collections from the French and German Impressionism to the Russian avant-garde and present, a visit to this galley would be an unforgettable experience.
This baroque ensemble consists of two palaces; the Upper and Lower Belvedere which was the summer residence of the art connoisseur, Prince Eugene of Savoy. This museum embodies Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day along with owning the world’s largest collection of work by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt.
Set within a pleasingly wonderful garden, this art destination unveils some of the finest works by Munch, Schiele and Kokoschka, accompanied by the universally loved work; The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, The Plain at Auvers by Vincent van Gogh and Sugar Bowl and Apples by Paul Cézanne. This museum is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and therefore needs to be devoured.
A hub of the collection of Austrian modern art collected by an art enthusiast, Dr. Rudolph Leopold, this museum is a treasure-trove of Viennese Jugendstil, the Vienna Workshop, and Expressionism. Established in the hottest and most-visited cultural site, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, this museum witnesses thousands of tourists merely because of its breathtaking views from its windows.
Apart from inhabiting the most prominent and marvelous Egon Schiele artworks in the world and masterpieces by the founder of the Secession movement: Gustav Klimt, the museum also owns 42 paintings and 187 original graphics and manuscripts by Schiele. Self-portrait with physalis and the Portrait of Wally Neuzil are some of his noteworthy works that should be basked in.
Natural History Museum of Vienna
Known as the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in German and situated opposite of another remarkable museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Natural History Museum of Vienna consists of 39 art galleries incorporating as many as 20 million natural historical objects spanning the Stone Age to the Early Middle Ages.
From precious emeralds to rare diamonds, from minerals to gemstones, and from pterodactyls to the numerous specimens of animals and insects that are either extinct or endangered, this museum is a nostalgic experience of the past. With its Planetarium and Prehistoric Department, tourists of all age groups can spend a memorable evening here which they will not forget in the future of their lifetime.
The Republic of Austria, with its universally acknowledged capital Vienna, is the landing place for a long-delayed vacation to explore the wonders of art and not only. Vienna is one of the homelands of human civilization. The Republic of Austria is the place where every tourist could find his or her needs, get accentuated with art, architecture, science, and find himself in the middle of European culture. So pack your bags and if that seems like a hassle, browse this hub of art for your favorite paintings to reach your home.