As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of art, primarily street art and modern art. When I travel, I always try to see a little bit of art, whether it be at museums or in the streets.
While I was visiting Vienna, I visited several museums, with one of my favorites being The Belvedere Palace.
The Belvedere Palace
The Belvedere Palace, located in Vienna, Austria is the former summer home of Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the most successful military commanders in European history. Prince Eugene was also an avid art collector and today, his former residence serves as a museum that houses his artwork which contains numerous pieces of Austrian Art dating back to the Middle Ages in two separate buildings: Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere.
In the Upper Belvedere, you can find works by artists such as Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Rottmayr, and Messerschmidt.
The Lower Belvedere is home to more artwork, former staterooms, and the Orangery.
For admission information including opening hours, costs, and directions, visit the Belvedere Palace website.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is one of the world’s most famous Austrian artists and has had a huge impact on Viennese art culture. During his lifetime he created a plethora of pieces with some of the more famous works including ‘The Kiss’ and ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ (which are both housed in the Upper Belvedere).
His works became both famous and infamous throughout Europe. Some of his work was regarded as scandalous, “amoral” and even ‘philosophically dissatisfying”. Irregardless of his some dissatisfaction of his work by both conservatives and individuals in the Viennese artistic community, he was still very famous and sought-after throughout the continent.
Out of all of the museums in the world, the Belvedere Palace holds not only the largest majority of his works but some of his most famous pieces.
When I visited the Belvedere Palace, I fell madly in love with the works of Gustav Klimt. His work made a great impression on me and I loved how his style was very unique and seemingly much more similar to modern art than many of the pieces in the Belvedere. His work became easily recognizable to me and the more I saw, the more I wanted.
His work inspired me so much, that I wanted to share it with you by not to only telling you about this amazing artist and his influence on Viennese culture, but also by physically sharing some of his masterpieces with one special reader. So, here is the big reveal…
In order to be able to physically share some of Gustav Klimt’s work with you, one lucky reader will get several of his pieces of work that I hand selected directly from the museum store at the Belvedere Palace.
The prize pack includes some of the most famous pieces by Klimt
(3) Postcards – Judith I (1901); Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 (1907), and The Kiss (1907-1908)
(1) Notebook – ‘The Three Ages of Woman‘ (1905)
The Contest has ended and the winner has been announced on my Facebook Page!
Thank you to the Vienna Tourism Board and the Belvedere Palace for allowing giving me complimentary access to the palace. As always, all opinions in this post are my own.
Beautiful artwork! I would love to win. I’m experiencing a bit of an issue with submitting my email — I think the submit button must be invisible on my browser. Able to help?
Love your site as well… so many inspiration travel stories!
xo, Krist | peachesbeachesandurbanistas.com
Hi Kristen 🙂
There were some issues with the signup form, I appreciated you brining it to my attention and I have manually added you to the newsletter so you will be eligible to win!
Thank you and good luck!
Love your post!! Just came across it and the info and photos are wonderful!!!
Thank you so much for sharing looking forward to your next post to enjoy with a cup of coffee!!!
Thank you for reading Maxine!
Such a neat, inspiring post… Great talent in sharing your wonderful experiences Chanel I love Klimt too by the way but I never got to visit any of the above… Maybe one day!
Thank you Thalia! If you get a chance you should definitely visit Belvedere to see some of his work, simply amazing!
Have you been to the Neue Galerie in NYC? That’s where the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer painting now resides. It’s a beautiful paining with a fascinating history.
Hi Mindi! I have not visited and was not aware of that! Now I will have to check it out 🙂 Thanks!