Don’t have time to write anything here today so check out my Vienna adventures at my wine blog Aqua Vitae (this week I post in English there as well). There you can see a few nice pictures at Schloss Schönbrunn and learn the story behind the name Schwedenplatz (Sweden square).
Continuing with pictures from das Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, here are some statues, bronzes and ceramics from Cyprus and Greece.
A Cypriote statue dating to ca 550 BC.
Some Greek statues, bronzes and ceramics.
Is an art museum something for an archaeologist? If they’re anything like das Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, – YES they are. This museum holds a large collection of ancient Greek and Roman finds; statues, frescos, ceramics etc, prehistoric finds from Egypt etc. I took a great number of pictures and thought I’d present some of them for you – at a later date I’ll try to do a few more narrative posts of the photos, now I just dived them up in cultures and periods – a perhaps a few comments.
The first rooms are filled with ancient Egyptian finds from the ages of the Pharaohs to roman times. If I’m not mistaken a few ceramic finds might predate the Pharaohs.
A few of the painted vessels just behind the first row are painted pottery that at least highly remains of Neolithic painted pottery from Egypt that I’ve seen such as Naqada.
There’s more to come!
In a few weeks I’ll travel to Vienna with my fiancée to attend the European winebloggers conference 2010, I also have a wine blog – Aqua Vitae – that is written in Swedish. Before the conference we have a few days of enjoying the sites. This is my first visit to Vienna so there’s much that I want to see. Among other things I’m going to visit a few museums such as the Wien Museum (Stadtarchäologie Wien), Museum für Völkerkunde and the Vienna Natural History Museum which display Venus of Willendorf.
I’ve just begun reading up on Austria and Vienna so if you have any tips for me of other museums or other things with archaeological/prehistoric profile that should not be missed, please tell me with a comment.