Painting of Tsarina Katharina in front of a mirror
© St. Petersburg, Staatliche Eremitage, 2018, Foto: Pavel Demidov

The Russians are coming

Botticelli, Tintoretto, Rembrandt and van Dyck are just four of the big names whose works have found their way from St. Petersburg to Vienna and will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (KHM) this summer. Of course, works by these gentlemen are on permanent display in the KHM anyway. But in the context of the exhibition "The Hermitage as Guest", fourteen Viennese paintings are juxtaposed with those of the world-famous art collection of Catherine the Great (1729-1796). The show thus offers an overview of European painting history from the Renaissance to Early Classicism.

The exhibition is introduced by two religious Renaissance works by Sandro Botticelli and Albrecht Altdorfer. Important paintings by the Holbein brothers, Bartholomäus Spranger, and Hans von Aachen come together from the northern art landscapes. Paintings by Nicholas Poussin and Bernardo Strozzi date back to the first decades of the Roman Baroque. The "Golden Age" of Dutch and Flemish art is represented by Rembrandt, Franz Hals, Jan Steen, Rubens and van Dyck. Finally, with Thomas Gainsborough and Philipp Hackert, artists of English and Prussian origin can be seen.

Both the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the KHM have world-famous picture galleries. The Russian tsars and the Habsburg emperors preferred to collect paintings with historical subjects or themes of classical mythology. A special focus of the exhibition is also on the staging of personalities.

The Hermitage as Guest. Masterpieces from Botticelli to van Dyck

June 6 to September 2, 2018

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 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)
      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

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