“Art is a line around your thoughts”

View of Vienna from the Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere Palace
View of Vienna from the Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere Palace

The interior of the Upper Belvedere Palace is a wonder of Baroque design. Prince Eugene of Savoy selected the famous Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt for its construction, and not an inch of the place is without flourish. Most of the building is used for the art gallery – Austrian art in the last thousand years or so – so pictures are only allowed in certain sections of the palace: the entryway and staircase and the Marble Hall.

Upper Belvedere Palace
Upper Belvedere Palace
A Kiss print in the entryway. The real deal is upstairs.
A Kiss print in the entryway. The real deal is upstairs.
Entryway inside the Upper Belvedere
Entryway inside the Upper Belvedere
Entryway inside the Upper Belvedere
Entryway inside the Upper Belvedere
The art on display is impressive as well. In addition to other works, the Belvedere houses a large collection of Klimt paintings.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian artist working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. HIs work typically involves lots of gilding and mixing gold with other colors to create luminous effects. At the Upper Belvedere, you can see Kiss, Judith I, and Avenue to Schloss Kammer c. 1912, Cottage Garden with Sunflowers c. 1906, among many others.
After KW and I explored the artwork, we stopped into the elaborate cafe for a bite. The gnocchi was delicious, even if Empress Sisi appeared to be watching us the whole time.
Title quote: Gustav Klimt
All of the columns are held up by magnificent sculptures who look none too happy about it.
All of the columns are held up by magnificent sculptures who look none too happy about it.
Cherubs in the entryway staircase at the Upper Belvedere
Cherubs in the entryway staircase at the Upper Belvedere
Upper Belvedere staircase
Upper Belvedere staircase
Upper Belvedere staircase gallery
Upper Belvedere staircase gallery
Upper Belvedere staircase
Upper Belvedere staircase
Cherubs in the Upper Belvedere staircase
Cherubs in the Upper Belvedere staircase
Bas-relief on one of the walls in the Upper Belvedere staircase
Bas-relief on one of the walls in the Upper Belvedere staircase
Maria Theresa statue inside the Upper Belvedere Palace
Maria Theresa statue inside the Upper Belvedere Palace
More sculptures holding up columns, this time close to the ceiling
More sculptures holding up columns, this time close to the ceiling
Upper Belvedere staircase
Upper Belvedere staircase
Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere Palace. The inexplicable frog in the fireplace on the lower right ribbeted occasionally.
Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere Palace. The inexplicable frog in the fireplace on the lower right ribbeted occasionally.
Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere
Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere
Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere Palace
Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere Palace
An ostrich painting seems an odd choice for a military tactician's home.
An ostrich painting seems an odd choice for a military tactician’s home.
Gnocchi special at the Upper Belvedere Cafe
Gnocchi special at the Upper Belvedere Cafe
Upper Belvedere Cafe with Empress Sisi painting
Upper Belvedere Cafe with Empress Sisi painting
Detail of the Upper Belvedere Palace
Detail of the Upper Belvedere Palace
Horse sculpture at the Upper Belvedere
Horse sculpture at the Upper Belvedere

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