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Museum
Location type: Museum
Location address: Österreich, Wien, Wien
Number of texts: 4
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The Kunsthistorisches Museum exhibits the painting ‘he Allegory of Painting’ of Johannes Vermeer. The painting is famous for being one of Vermeer’s favourites and because some believe it displays the painter Vermeer {from the back). There are no self-portrets or portrets known from Vermeer.

After the Nazi invasion of Austria, top Nazi officials including Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring attempted to acquire the painting. It was finally acquired from its then owner, Count Jaromir Czernin by Adolf Hitler for his personal collection.

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum (English: “Museum of Art History”, also often referred to as the “Museum of Fine Arts”) is an art museum. Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building.
It was opened in 1891 at the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. The two museums have identical exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz. Both buildings were built between 1872 and 1891 according to plans drawn up by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.
The two Ringstraße museums were 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 façade was built of sandstone. The building is rectangular in shape, and topped with a dome that is 60 meters high. The inside of the building is lavishly decorated with marble, stucco ornamentations, gold-leaf, and paintings.

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One of the most famous paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, “Boerenbruiloft”, can be seen here in the Art Historical Museum in Vienna.

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum (English: “Museum of Art History”, also often referred to as the “Museum of Fine Arts”) is an art museum in Vienna, Austria. Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building.

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