The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is housed in a magnificent building specifically designed to show the immense art collections of the Habsburg Royal family. The superb collection of Dutch Art presents the largest collection of works of the world by the elder Pieter Bruegel, including his masterpiece Tower of Babel. There are paintings by Raphael, Titian, Bellini, Caravaggio, and Vermeer, as well as portraits of Velazquez. The specialities of the Museum are the late Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Flemish painting, but the collections go far beyond those with classical Greek and Roman art and Egyptian Collections.
The Museum overlooks Maria-Theresien-Platz, whose focal point is the great monument to the Empress Maria Theresa. The statue was commissioned by Franz Joseph I and was unveiled in 1887. This massive monument represents the Empress on her throne, surrounded by major characters of her time, including a number of generals on horseback. The high reliefs represent illustrious figures in the fields of politics, economics and the arts, including Haydn, Gluck and Mozart.
Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, Burgring, Vienna