In the mid-19th century the famous Ring Boulevard was constructed and at the same time, in a period spanning only 40 years, about 850 palaces, museums, and magnificent private houses were built, including two beautiful museums: the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Fine Arts. The latter museum, also known by the abbreviation KHM, houses important works by famous artists. These include paintings by Rafael, Titian, and Velasquez as well as by many Flemish, Dutch, and German painters such as Rembrandt (e.g. self-portraits), Anthony van Dijck, Dürer, and Rubens (e.g. the famous “Pelske”: a portrait of his second wife Helene Fourment). And the KHM also has the largest collection of works by Pieter Breughel the : no less than 12 of his works are on display, including The Tower of Babel, Children’s Games and The Peasant Wedding.
Furthermore, the other art pieces collected by the Habsburg family from the Middle Ages to the 18th century are on show in the KHM’s Art Chambre.
My guidance and explanations concentrate on the aforementioned Flemish and Dutch artists and the most important works of the Art Chamber, including the Madonna of Krumlov and the Saliera (Salt Cellar) by Cellini.
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours
(Admission not included in the tour price)
(This tour can be combined with the Treasury tour, where the insignia of the imperial family, but also the religious Golden Fleece can be admired.)