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Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

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The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere is a museum housed in the Belvedere palace, in Vienna, Austria.

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Österreichische Galerie Belvedere
Das Belvedere
Belvedere Museum
Upper Belvedere
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Established1903 (1903)
LocationPrinz Eugen-Straße 27, Vienna, Austria
Coordinates48°11′29″N 16°22′51″E
TypeArt museum
Visitors1,154,031 (2016)[1]
DirectorStella Rollig

The Belvedere palaces were the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). The ensemble was built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, and comprises the Upper and Lower Belvedere, with the Orangery and Palace Stables, as well as extensive gardens.

Today, the Belvedere houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day,[citation needed] complemented by the works of international artists. At the Upper Belvedere, visitors not only encounter artworks drawn from over five hundred years of art history but can also experience the magnificent staterooms. In addition to the Lower and Upper Belvedere, the museum has further sites at Prince Eugene's town palace and the 21er Haus as well as the Gustinus Ambrosi Museum.

The Belvedere's art collection presents an almost complete overview of the development of art in Austria and, thus, an insight into the country's history. The world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt's paintings lies at the heart of the presentation of Art around 1900, on show at the Upper Belvedere. Its highlights are Klimt's paintings, The Kiss (1908) and Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1901), and masterpieces by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Key works of French Impressionism and the greatest collection of Viennese Biedermeier art are further attractions at the museum.