Today we went to the Belvedere Palace. It used to be a peautiful palace of some one, whose name I have forgotten, long ago. The word belvedere means “beautiful view”, which it of course had. But, the admission was now full priced again. Goodbye National Holiday. My friend Karen had suggested this museum for one reason, it has the painting “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. But there are other reasons to come here, like other famous works by Klimt, along with some other amazing Austrian artists. If you are not familiar with The Kiss, it is beautiful. It is huge too. The part of the painting at the bottom, with the tiny purple flowers looks partly unfinished and you can see some of the original sketch in pencil. But, it is almost unnoticed once your eyes move upward to the center of attention. Here there is a couple entwined in a passionate kiss. Their clothing gleams with gold leaf and silver paint. It is memorizing. You can feel the emotion. I mean who doesn’t want to be kissed like that.
I enjoyed this museum, not just because of this painting though. I liked it because it was not as crazy as everything that we saw yesterday during the holiday. Sometimes with more time in a building and not feeling as rushed, I can actually step back, or sit down, and enjoy the art. I start to pick up more of the details and can then try to see what the artist was trying to express on the canvas. It is weird but it does happen. Also, sometimes in the smaller museums when you have the audioguide you have more time to listen to them in depth and you are not doing “Power Art” and running around like crazy.