Whether it be Caravaggio's "Madonna of the Rosary", Rubens' "The Fur", Raphael's "Madonna in the Meadow", Bruegel's "The Peasant Wedding", Arcimboldo's "Summer" or Vermeer's "The Art of Painting", the number of significant works of art housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum is countless. In 2016 the museum, which is one of the most popular attractions in Vienna, will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its existence. Austrian Post is celebrating this special anniversary by issuing a commemorative stamp.
StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate the original design of this philatelic item.
It is not only the masterpieces on display at the KHM that constitute great art: Gustav and Ernst Klimt, Franz Matsch and Hans Makart, important artists of their day, were involved in the interior design. The design on this stamp, taken from high up on the north wall of the museum's stairwell, comes from Gustav Klimt, and is part of a cycle showing the history of the fine arts. The mural, entitled "Egypt", shows a female figure holding the Ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life, in her hand. She is standing in front of images of the gods Horus, and Thoth and of the vulture which symbolises the goddess Nekhbet.
The KHM today houses a picture gallery, the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Kustkammer Wien, the Coin Collection and a library. Over the years the space in the main building has been outgrown, meaning that parts of the collections have had to be transferred else- where. As a result, the Theater Museum, the Weltmuseum Wien, the Theseus Temple, the Carriage Museum and Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck now also belong to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
For this anniversary year, 2016, the KHM will be staging a special exhibition entitled "Feste Feiern" (Celebrating Special Events).