Today I visited the beautiful Belvedere, once Prince Eugene of
This has to be one of my favorite museums ever, as it features Klimt’s beautiful “The Kiss” as well as his amazing “Judith I”. Additionally, the museum houses a few of his unfinished works – which make me wonder what more he could have given us.
The Kiss is the climatic piece from his ‘golden’ period. In it, he gives us all the classic things we expect from Klimt, but with even greater beauty, depth, and gold. The lovers are in a sea of poppies, completely in harmony – but they are on an abyss. I would never have noticed that, if not for the great audio guide, and it certainly adds another layer to the otherwise entirely joyful painting. Yet, it is also a bit unusual for a Klimt - usually it is his women who are the powerful, dominant figures, but here, it seems the man is in control.
Next to The Kiss is a fascinating painting by Segantini called “The Evil Mothers.” It’s a rather terrifying symbolic work, showing the intertwining suffering of nature with a mother (who is like a tree, with her baby rooted to her). It is quite a different feeling than “The Kiss,” and I loved the juxtaposition of it in the gallery. Other works I enjoyed were by Schiele and Rodin (my favorite sculptor). Overall, I must say the museum made quite an impression! It’s a truly wonderful place and I hope I can come back here again before the trip ends.
Next up was the excellent movie, The Third Man. I love that it is played on the big screen here in
After that fantastic movie, it was off to a popular site in