Where Art Thou: Upper Belvedere

With the stunning architecture, picturesque landscapes, and overall ambiance partnered with good food and good liquor, no wonder a lot artists thrived in Europe. Eat, drink, be merry and create wonderful paintings! Most of the great artists we look up to honed their craft in some of the countries in Europe.

Today, I am taking you to Vienna, Austria to visit the home of the works of one of the most famous artists from Vienna – Gustav Klimt.

To start off, I visited the Belvedere Palace. It has Upper and Lower Palaces, both of which are now art museums. I chose to Visit the Upper Belvedere because I was mostly interested in viewing the works of Gustav Klimt, most especially so his painting “The Kiss”.

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Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in any of the rooms containing the paintings. It was amazing how vast the collection of artworks were inside the museum, from various artists and eras.

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(See the part where there are columns and statues perched in between them on the ceiling? Those are just painted on! Amazing!)

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Bonus though, the interior of the palace was an amazing artwork itself. The ceiling of one of the rooms certainly did not disappoint. The paintings on them looked like they were 3D, as if they were popping out of the surface. I was at awe. I think I stared at them for a good 5 minutes. Also, the view from the palace was equally stunning too, as seen in the image below.

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This is Gustav Klimt’s painting “The Kiss”. Here you have in the image above is a copy of the painting printed on a board for your selfie purposes. It does not give any justice at all to how beautiful the real deal was.  All those gold details were shining so beautifully. The painting feels and looks like its pulsating with life despite the fact of having been painted over 100 years ago. It was just amazing. My jaw dropped as I stood there staring at the painting.

After viewing “The Kiss”, there were more artworks to see inside the Upper Belvedere. There were paintings from different periods of time, from different artists, and of different styles.

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It was time to head to the gardens outside the palace. The sky was clear, the sun was out, and the air was particularly cold and crisp. It was the perfect weather for a stroll. I left the galleries thirsty for more, as such I went ahead and visited another art museum. Keep your eyes peeled for the next part of this post! I will be featuring a protégé of Gustav Klimt.

Upper Belvedere

Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Wien

Mon – Fri (except holidays): 9 – 17 h

T +43 1795 57-134
F +43 1795 57-136


About Gustav Klimt 

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was one of the members of the Vienna Secession movement, and was an Austrian symbolist painter. His main subject was the female body, and his works are noted with a frank eroticism. He was most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.

The Belvedere owns today the largest collection of his oil paintings.

About The Kiss

The collection’s undisputed highlight is Klimt’s world-famous masterpiece the Kiss (Lovers), an allegorical depiction of lovers locked together in an embrace. Covering a surface of almost four square metres, Klimt’s personal style is impressively conveyed. Always receptive to new artistic accomplishments and ideas, this work combines design principles from Japanese art, inspiration from Byzantine mosaics and medieval panel paintings as well as the influence of Auguste Rodin, George Minne, and Edvard Munch. Through its exquisite ornamentation and its silver and gold applications, the couple seem removed from the perils of earthly existence and suffering. Kiss (Lovers) marks the culmination of the phase in Klimt’s art in which he explored the contrast between naturalistic, delicately painted passages of skin, and a planar, ornamental approach. The role of ornament was to communicate the pictures’ symbolic messages. (source: http://www.belvedere.at/gustav-klimt)

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