Akademie der bildenden Kunste

Akademie der bildenden Kunste

Akademie der bildenden Kunste
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This art gallery houses a collection of impressive works by famous artists such as Peter Paul Rubens and is also home to Hieronymus Bosch's famous painting "The Last Judgement."
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Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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  • Karlsplatz • 4 min walk
  • Karlsplatz • 4 min walk
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Were it not in Vienna, the museum of the “Academy of Fine Arts” would draw the attention of most tourists. But it is in Vienna, where it has to compete with giant institutions such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Belvedere; compared to them, this museum plays the part of a "minor attraction" and is literally ignored by mass tourism. Yet it is a good museum, containing many excellent works by excellent painters: if you are an art lover, you will enjoy spending a couple of hours there. Additional bonus: the museum is uncrowded and the visit will run peacefully.

On the second floor of the building there are two long galleries. The first one contains a rich assortment of Dutch, Italian and German works of the 17th century. The second one exclusively contains landscape paintings of the 17th and 18th century.

The Dutch paintings are the backbone of the museum. Interspersed among many works by minor painters, it is possible to view: 5 van Ruysdael, a Rembrandt, 13 Rubens, a van Dyck, a Jordaens, some van Cleve, a Bouts, and the famous triptych by Bosch called “The Last Judgement”. Of course this extraordinary triptych monopolizes the attention of most visitors, although the viewing is not easy, owing to the small size of the characters and to the fact that the painting cannot be approached too closely. Overall, most of the works in this gallery are excellent, including those by minor painters. I particularly loved the Rubens, which look very different from the immense and bombastic canvasses which are usually displayed in the museums; these ones are small size studies made in preparation of altar pieces or frescoes; the compositions are highly elaborate, devoid of any rhetoric and delicious to see; they clearly show the pattern followed by Rubens in developing his ideas. I found very interesting also a group of Dutch “still lives” of the 17th century.

Among the Italians I noted: a Tiepolo, 2 Tiziano, 10 views of Venice by Guardi and a Luca Giordano; honestly, none of them impressed me. Noteworthy are instead a good Holbein and a good Murillo. There are also a few Cranach. The gallery with the landscapes is very rich and pleasant, although the painters were unknown to me.

The Museum is in Schillerplatz, a few steps away from the Opera. It is easily reached from the subway station "Karlsplatz", where the lines #1, #2 and #4 converge; several tram lines stop nearby. The museum is open all days except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00. Admission is 8 €, with reduction to 5 € for people older than 65, plus 5 € for taking pictures (but just know that the light in the galleries is rather dim and the photos may come off unsatisfactory). Infrastructure includes: toilet on the first floor; lift for commuting between the first and the second floor (but the external stairway which leads to the first floor has to be negotiated on foot); lockers for bags and clothes; a minuscule shop at the ticket office.
Written February 8, 2016
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,737 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Picture Gallery (Gemälde galerie) of the Academy of Fine Arts is one of the important collections of Old Masters in Vienna. Unfortunately the gallery is presently closed for restorations.

At this time the collection highlights, including the important Last Judgment triptych by Hironymus Bosch as well as works by the likes of Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyke have been temporarily moved to the Austrian Theater Museum at Lobkowitzplatz where they can be viewed until the reopening of the Academy of Fine Arts picture gallery.

Austrian Theatre Museum opening hours are 10am to 6pm daily (closed on Tuesday). Entrance to view the Academy of Fine Arts masterpieces is €12 per adult.
Written March 26, 2018
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Jeffrey S
Hamilton, NY155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Wish I knew this BEFORE I walked a half an hour in the freezing cold !!! Apparently the paintings of note are relocated in the Theater Museum- Would have been nice if there was a sign outside the museum that mentioned this! I walked around the building twice before giving up to the elements. My review is based on previous for the collection by others. Not sure how I feel about buying a ticket to a museum I have no interest in just to see the Bosch.
Written December 2, 2019
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psara2017
Kunming, China20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Im not sure what I was expecting with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts. The paintings (perhaps only some of them?) have been moved while the Academy is being renovated. The collection now on show at the Theater Museum include the Bosch Last Judgment. This alone is worth the visit but the others in the collection are equally good. Sad that we may have seen more if the Academy had been open.
Written June 1, 2018
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Hans R
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
This can only exist in Wien: in the Art Academy, where young students get their training, there is a gallery open to public with almost only top pieces: Cranach, van Dijck, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Goyen, Titian, Tiepolo and a great Last judgment by Jerome Bosch. Do not miss this when you are in the city and are an art lover. And imagine what examples these students get during their training!
Written November 3, 2013
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Walter F
Leonia, NJ591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Vienna has lots of nice art museums. Glad I didn't miss this important one. Found a spectacular Bosch tryptc, The Last Judgment - much like Garden of Heavenly Delights. Lots of Rubens too as well as other Flemish old masters. Hitler was turned down by admissions here and Egon Schile got his spot.
Written May 26, 2017
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Gerard_S77
Dublin, Ireland3,895 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Solo
Best known for having twice rejected Hitler as a student, the Academy holds a good collection of old masters paintings. Slightly hidden away on one side of the first floor of the academy it is worth finding.

The gallery runs the length of one side of the building, with everything building up towards the Last Judgement by Bosch. This is presented centrally in the end room and allows you to walk around view the other sides of the side panels. It goes through everything from the creation of man, the fall, last judgement and descent into hell in the unique Bosch style.

The initial rooms give the impression that a lot of the works would be by Austrian artists but as you move through the gallery you realise how broad the collection is. Being Vienna there are a number of works by Rubens and Titian. There are also works by Rembrandt, Botticelli, de Hooch, Guardi, Lorrain, van Ruysadael. One clever work is a Tromp l'oeil by Samuel van Hoogstraten of a shaving kit.
Written August 5, 2016
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RKandMK
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016
The Last Judgement is a real experience and is alone worth the visit. However, there is also a relatively small and interesting/manageable collection here within the working Academy of Fine Arts. In the middle of the day in January, it was almost deserted and very peaceful.
Good audio guide.
Written January 30, 2016
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Giuseppe Russo
Naples, Italy125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Here you can admire excellent works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dick, Lucas Cranach and many more. But you’d better consider this gallery as if it were made of three different spaces dedicated respectively to: Bosch’s triptych “The Last Judgement”, other masters of european art, creations of contemporary artists. When you reach the Bosch’s triptych you can begin a spiritual experience, something more than the contemplation of a masterpiece. The left panel shows the garden of Eden, which is the not-historical condition of the uman being. The central panel it’s about the Judgement of God, and the difference between the place occupied by God (the sky: lightful and almost impalpable) and the place occupied by men and women (the ground, heavy and dark) is extremely clear. The right panel shows the Hell, that is the fatal human destiny according to the vision of life that Bosch learned when he was a member of the Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady. The absence of hope for a common man was something he believed in intimately, something the common man should not even fight. How distant from us is Bosch’s vision of life, how concrete the presence of evil in the human facts.
Written July 26, 2015
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stephen813
Madrid, Spain39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
this museum seems to get bypassed by most tourists, which is understandable given the time constraints most have and the volume of art being shown at other museums. However if you have the time (or maybe the lack of it, after all, 2 hours in some of the other museums is nothing) stop by this picture gallery. It's actually part of a university and for that reason not the main focus of the place. It has a neglected feel but when you enter you can see that this collection has been well chosen. In an hour or two one can enjoy some good works by great artists like Bosch or Cranach. No lines or crowds pushing to see around you. The building itself is fun to sneak a peek at too. closed Monday, 10-6 p.m. 8 euros. no photography
Written January 5, 2014
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