[Europe Week 1] Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace is one of the three palaces in Vienna and is now an art museum. It is a great place for art lovers to see works from the medieval ages to the present.

Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace

Vienna Itinerary


The Building

People may intuitively think that all three palaces in Vienna were constructed and used by the famous Habsburg family, the ruler of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire. All three of them were eventually owned by the royal family, but the Belvedere palace was actually not constructed by the Habsburgs. The original owner of this palace was Prince Eugene of Savoy, who was born in Paris.

Belvedere Palace Prince Eugene of Savoy
The Portrait of Prince Eugene of Savoy

Upper Belvedere, where the art museum is at, was completed in 1723. The entire estate was inherited by the prince’s niece and then later sold to Maria Theresa in 1752. Upper Belvedere was later opened as a gallery in 1781, making it one of the first public museums of the world.

The Art

We had a guided tour of the palace. The collections are mostly from Austrian artists in the late 19th century, including Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) and Richard Gerstl (1883 – 1908). The Kiss is Klimt’s one of the most famous works.

Belvedere Palace Gustav Klimt - The Kiss
Gustav Klimt – The Kiss

I never understood art, but the following painting called Judith and the Head of Holofernes caught my eye. The woman’s expression really stood out. Why does she have an expression like this?

Belvedere Palace Gustav Klimt - Judith and the Head of Holofernes
Gustav Klimt – Judith and the Head of Holofernes

Another picture I found interesting is the following self portrait by Richard Gerstl.

Belvedere Palace Richard Gerstl - Self Portrait Laughing
Richard Gerstl – Self Portrait Laughing

Conclusion

Belvedere Palace is beautiful and elegant. It was the first time that I stepped into a palace. The other two palaces must be even more magnificent. This is the best destination for art lovers who want to learn Austrian art and architecture.

Belvedere Palace Info

Address: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria
Admission: €15
Info: Website

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