Daily Archives: July 14, 2018

Euro18: Theatermuseum

The former Palais Lobkowitz is home to one of the state museums, the Theatermuseum.  This place is a melange — theatre artifacts, a library, paintings by Rubens and Van Dyke and Bosch and Cranach the Elder and Titian and the like.

I especially enjoyed this painting ca. 1525 by Joos van Cleve, from Amsterdam.  He titled it “The Holy Family,” but an impish Jesus is pinching Mary’s breast (or maybe he’s just wanting milk), and Joseph looks like an inspiration for “American Gothic” 400 years later.

The collection is deep with Rubens. And the Hieronymous Bosch triptych is truly disturbing.

The Lobkowitz royalty were patrons of Beethoven.  He conducted the premiere of his 4th Symphony in this very hall:

I walked on floors today where Beethoven walked.

Euro18: another tourist day

My days have developed a bit of a routine in the last week.  After breakfast of eggs and fruit and some bread (the latter purchased down the street), I spend a couple of hours on school email and projects.  And then I set out for whatever is on my agenda.

Friday was another tourist day.

In order:

  • post office
  • Naschmarkt
  • Theatermuseum
  • temporary Parlament building tour
  • audio tour of the Treasury
  • a bit of time at Cafe Klimt
  • walk home, but not before buying an Austrian cookbook (sort of the local equivalent of The Joy of Cooking)
  • dinner at the flat
  • FaceTime with the office staff in Webster Groves

One of things that I love to do in other cities and countries is go to their local outdoor markets.  The food-tasting and people-watching and photo-grabbing are always primo!

From the Naschmarkt on Friday: