The Kunsthistorisches Museum is an art museum in Vienna, is the largest art museum in Austria. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building. It was opened around 1891 at the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. The two museums have similar exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz.
The museum was commissioned by the Emperor in order to find a suitable shelter for the Habsburgs’ formidable art collection and to make it accessible to the general public.
The Masterpieces of the Kunsthistorisches Museum include:
- “Madonna of the Meadow” by Raphael.
- “The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Brueghel
- “Massacre of the Innocents” by Pieter Brueghel the Younger
- Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David
- Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress by Velázquez.
Further insights about the Kunsthistorisches Museum are available via the following links:
- Masterpieces of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
- Finding Meaning at the Kunsthistorisches Museum
- Your Visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
- The History of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
- Name: Kunsthistorisches Museum
- City: Vienna
- Country: Austria
- Established: 1871-1891
- Type: Fine Art Museum
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