Visit vam.ac.uk STAIRWAY TO KLIMT WHERE: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
WHEN: Until September 2 FAMOUS for his erotic paintings of women - often in gold - Gustav Klimt was a key figure in the Vienna Secession art movement.
The popular Hunters in the Snow (1565, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
) (1) is a massive, minutely detailed, four-by-five-foot painting, set in January, one of five surviving panels of the original series of twelve that represented the months of the year.
Currently on view (through June 14) at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Habsburg treasures; at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
2, comes Threads of Gold: Renaissance Tapestries from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
. Taking place in the museum courtyard Oct.
The exhibition premieres at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, June 18--September 17, 2006 and travels to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
, October 17, 2006--January 7, 2007.
The collection was particularly strong in portraiture; apart from the dynastic portraits of the Gonzaga family, these included Titian's Portrait of a Young Woman at the Mirror (1515, Louvre), Lorenzo Lotto's Triple Portrait of a Goldsmith (1530, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
), and Sofonisba Anguissola's wonderfully capricious self-portrait, which mocks male artists' domination of the genre (Bernardino Campi paints Sofonisba Anguissola, 1556, Siena).
THE IDEAL OF UNITY: 56 Art Archive/Dagli Orti/ Bibliotheque Municipale Castres: 57 top AKG, London; 57 bottom Bridgeman Art Library/Louvre, Paris: 58 top Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
; 58 bottom Bridgeman Air Library/ Aachen Cathedral Treasure Otto Codex f.223v; 59 AKG London/Erich Lessing; 60 Scala, Florence; 61 top Bridgeman ArtLibrary/Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; 61 bottom Bridgeman Art Library/ Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
: 62 Bridgeman Art Library/Aachen Cathedral Treasury; 63 top Bridgeman Art Library/Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich MS Cim.4453 f.42; 63 bottom Scala, Florence.
The earliest, dating from 1963, deals with the idea of the city in European thought, and the most recent pieces, from 1995, focus on the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
, and the connection between history and the study of culture.
One marvels at the skill of his self-portrait, painted when he was barely fifteen years old, from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
. The flushed and freckled face, curiously wary, is timid but pertly attentive; less plumply girlish-looking than Ruben's portrait of him at the same age in the Rubenshuis, Antwerp.
1563, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
It began with Tullio Lombardo at the turn of the sixteenth century, and Luchs focuses her study on two enigmatic reliefs by the sculptor, one of which is in the Ca' d'Oro, Venice, and the other in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
. The works are bust-length double portraits, each featuring a male and female subject.