Act of St. John the Baptist (Youth with a Ram).
© Sovrintendenza Capitolina, Musei Capitolini – Pinacoteca Capitolina,Roma

Baroque spectacle

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was a true rebel of his time. With his paintings he rebelled against the Renaissance style and its pursuit of the ideal beauty. His palette was earthy instead of garish, his models common people from the streets of Rome. Prostitutes posed for his Madonnas, and his heroes were youthful villains. Caravaggio’s revolutionary paintings full of drama combined with his unconventional lifestyle caused a sensation time and again. The works of sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) were more restrained, but no less avant-garde for their time. His sculptures and statues seem to stand on every corner in Rome. Hardly any other European sculptor has shaped this epoch as much as he has. Bernini is regarded as the epitome of the Baroque.

The discovery of emotions

What the two world-famous masters have in common is their realistic depiction of nature. While in the Renaissance well-proportioned portraits and lifelike landscapes shaped the style, Caravaggio and Bernini followed the emotions of the figures when depicting bodies. Connecting reality and sentiment was completely newand it became a hallmark of the Baroque period. The exhibition “Caravaggio & Bernini” at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Art History Museum) shows how intense emotions suddenly became a theme for painting and sculpture. Around seventy masterpieces are on display. Among the many international loans there are also works that have never before been shown in public, including some sculptures by Bernini and a painting by the probably most famous female painter of the 17th century: Artemisia Gentileschi.

Time slot ticket and extended opening hours

In order to make your visit to the special exhibition as pleasant as possible, visitors are required to book a ticket for a fixed time slot. It is only possible to enter the special exhibition during this reserved time slot. However, there are no restrictions as to how long one can remain in the exhibition area. To give visitors of the Art History Museum more time to explore the special exhibition, its opening hours have been extended.

Caravaggio & Bernini

October 15, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Mo, Tu, We, Fr 09:00-18:00
Th, Sa, Su 09:00-21:00
Note: The extended opening hours only apply to the special exhibition “Caravaggio & Bernini”. The other collections and special exhibitions at the Art History Museum are accessible during regular opening hours (Mo-Su 10:00-18:00, Th 10:00-21:00).

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 6% off , 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email:

      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.

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