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Birthday party with Titian at the KHM

There is no getting around this show in the autumn: Old Masters are celebrated with a major special exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (KHM). At its center is the important Venetian Renaissance painter Titian (c. 1488/90-1576) and his contemporaries Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Palma Vecchio, Paris Bordone, and Lorenzo Lotto. What is special about the exhibition "Titian's Vision of Women: Beauty - Love - Poetry" is that it aims specifically to cast light on the presentation of women in Venice of the 16th century.

Around 60 outstanding works from some of the most important museums and collections in the world – like the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid, the Uffizi in Florence, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg – supplement paintings from the holdings of the KHM.

The "Belle Donne" of Venice

After 1500, women increasingly appeared in a new light in painting. The portraits of beautiful women ("Belle Donne") are a phenomenon of art history that developed in Venice during the Renaissance. The poetically erotic portraits of woman created at the time pointed the way for European painting in the centuries that followed.

Even Titian managed to impressively present the women he depicted as being intellectual and elegant, and at the same time idealized and enjoyable. The new exhibition highlights the women themselves, but also their accessories – the fashion, fine fabrics, hairstyles, rich jewels, and pearls of the time.

Happy birthday, KHM!

This autumn, the imposing building on Vienna's Ringstrasse boulevard celebrates not only the opening of the major Titian show, but also a milestone birthday: Emperor Franz Joseph ceremoniously opened the museum 130 years ago on October 17, 1891. It was also opened to the public in the same month.

More information about the exhibition

Titian's Vision of Women: Beauty - Love - Poetry

October 5, 2021 - January 16, 2022

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -6%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 18€ Audioguide 5€ instead of 6€

  • Opening times

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

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre 300 cm wide)
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance

      • on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 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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