The Belvedere Vienna (www.belvedere.at) – located near Schwarzenberg Square – presents landmark paintings by Gustav Klimt, Hans Markart and several other influential fin de siècle artists. “Klimt und die Ringstraße” (Klimt and the Ringstraße) focuses on paintings, decorative elements in Ringstraße palaces, drawings and sketches of the Austrian art icons. The Ringstraße is Vienna’s magnificent city-centre boulevard. It was created 150 years ago.
The new exhibit, now on display at the Unteres Belvedere (Lower Belvedere), is certain to draw the crowds thanks to a carefully chosen selection of paintings. Klimt artworks are an important element of the Belvedere collection and different exhibitions. However, Franz Matsch manages to outshine the famous artist this time around. The grace and sheer beauty of Matsch’s paintings are a revelation.
Meanwhile, the Belvedere’s Winterpalais galleries feature some of the most spectacular Old Masters’ paintings from the Dresdner Gemäldegalerie. “Geist und Glanz der Alte Meister” consists of still lifes, portraits and landscape art by Titian, Rembrandt and many others.
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