Belvedere Palace and its collections: picture(s) of Austrian identities

Cultural & Theme Tours in Austria

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There is no better place for a crash-course in Austrian culture and identity than the famous Belvedere Palace. The Belvedere Palace is an important historical site, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and the home of the National Art Gallery, including the iconic painting ‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt.In this Belvedere Museum Tour, we'll explore celebrated masterpieces from the collections to learn how they explain the specific images of Vienna — as the capital of music, the home of psychoanalysis, the crossroads of cultures, the most comfortable city of the world, etc.
Highlights  • Medieval religious paintings and wooden sculptures will give us insight into the historical roots of Austrian spiritual tradition. • Gustav Klimt's early female portraits and his famous ‘Kiss’ will disclose the unique atmosphere of the Fin de Siècle Vienna as well as the marketing value of the cultural heritage for today’s Viennese. • Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's ‘Character Heads’ which so realistically embodies extreme facial expressions will give us a clue to the interest in human soul movement that later manifested itself in Sigmund Freud's famous theories of the unconsciousThe palace's architecture and history as well as numerous outstanding artworks in its galleries conceal the spirit of this city and in this private Belvedere Tour, we will make it visible.

What’s included

  • Private tour - just for your group
  • Professional art historian and museum educator

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees, please buy your tickets in advance or write us a note and we do it for you
  • Hotel pickup