Trip To Austria: Belvedere Museum, Vienna

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Shortly after leading an Austrian Army to a remarkable victory over the Turks at Zenta in 1697, Prince Eugene of Savoy purchased a large plot of land outside Vienna. Eugene plan for the property included palaces and gardens. Johann Lukas Hildebrandt was selected as the project’s lead architect. Setting on a slope, the property rises gently from the front. Plans called for two palaces. The first, smaller palace, was built on the front (or lower part) of the property with a larger palace occupying the upper end. A large garden would stretch between the two palaces. Construction of the Lower Palace began sometime before 1712, and the Upper Palace was completed in 1723. Artists commissioned to work on the project include: painters Marcontonio Chiarini, Francesco Solimena, Carlo Carlone; and sculpture Giovanni Stanetti.

After Eugene’s death on April 21, 1736 Princess Maria Theresa eventually acquired the Gartenpalais (as the complex was known at the time) in 1742. A sales contract written in 1752 first refers to the complex as the Belvedere. The Upper Belvedere would, most frequently, be used as a gallery/ museum. Belvedere served as the residence of Franz Ferdinand for a period before World War I.

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Lower Palace

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From Gardens to Upper Palace

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Garden Fountain Toward Lower Palace

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From Upper Palace Across Garden Toward Lower Palace

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Upper Palace Sala Terrena

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Upper Palace Marble Hall

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Marble Hall Ceiling Fresco

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Marble Hall

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Upper Belvedere Chapel

While the Belvedere’s architectural beauty is evident, the art it contains is also remarkable. I have not included any of the images of art work exhibited. We took three hours to tour the complex and we did not linger at any exhibit. I could have easily done so. If you visit Vienna, I strongly recommend you tour the Belvedere.

  7 comments for “Trip To Austria: Belvedere Museum, Vienna

  1. January 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Such beautiful architecture! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  2. January 14, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Reblogged this on The way I see things ….

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  3. January 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Your photos are fantastic. Most enjoyable!

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  4. January 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Wow – gorgeous photos! I would LOVE to visit someday!

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  5. January 16, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Gorgeous! I’d love to see it in person.

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  6. January 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Glorious to see, but I can’t imagine living, or even wanting to live, in something this palatial.

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  7. January 22, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Beautiful share indeed and most exciting!

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