Going to Austria? Make sure not to miss the Imperial Treasury, and the amazing modern architecture of the Secession building (with paintings by Klimt) and the Postal Savings Bank by Otto Wagner. And if you can't get there in person, be a virtual tourist with Smarthistory as your guide.
The gleaming white walls, lack of windows, gilded inscriptions and strange floating sphere of golden leaves looks like a temple built by some secretive, mythic people.
This portrait is one of thousands stolen by the Nazis, and its story shows that the madness didn’t end with WWII.
Silver ink on purple parchment—what luxury! This is the oldest surviving illustrated biblical text.
Two different portraits—it’s St. Matthew in both, but watch the style change from smooth modeling to frenzied brushwork.
A family outing begins with a river crossing and ends with Jacob wrestling an angel. This story twists and turns.
Join the birds and soar through this frozen landscape. On the pond below, playful scenes warm the air.
A well-dressed artist paints Clio, the muse of history, but as with any Vermeer, the real subject here is light.
Bruegel offers up a slice of peasant life. Despite our historical distance, this is a wedding party we can attend.
These three learned men differ in age, outlook, and dress. But do they represent religions, eras, or philosophies?
Without historical sources, what gives an artist authority to depict the divine? Gossaert channels St. Luke.
This “total work of art” unites sculpture, painting, and architecture—and connects real space to a visionary realm.
What a show-off! Hoping to win a papal commission, the confident young painter foregrounds his hand—and his skill.