Europe—a Work of Art, Filled With Art

Do the Impressionists leave an impression? Or is it Cubism that completes you? The Cultural Capitals are bursting with inspiration.

Mar 22, 2010
Find inspiration where Michelangelo did in Florence. The Uffizi, one of the world's most well known museums is a true masterpiece.
Find inspiration where Michelangelo did in Florence. The Uffizi, one of the world's most well known museums is a true masterpiece.
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Art students obsess over it and art lovers flock to it. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the world’s most treasured art destinations. Built in 1581 by the affluent Medici family, the Uffizi is home to work by such legends as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. The gardens, hallways and palace that surround the galleries can easily turn a day of exploration into a week of discovery.

And there’s more to discover in London as the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the beauty, power and humanity of Indian portrait art. Throughout the generations, the way artists have portrayed royalty and luminous figures in India has been an intrigue of the art world. Take in an artistic story that spans over three centuries.

Of course, this is only a tiny part of the picture. Throughout the Cultural Capitals you’ll find art that inspires. And valuable hotel offers the critics love, too.

Fill your canvas with even more art.

Budapest: The Hungarian National Gallery
Located in the Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery houses works by all the masters. Catch a collection of Renoirs, Monets and Cézannes. Visit the site.

Dublin: The Irish Museum of Modern Art
(Through 4 April)

Between the Metaphor and the Object is a collection of sculptures and installations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Visit the site.

Hampshire: Jane Austen House
(Through 31 May)

The life, times and work of the celebrated novelist Jane Austen are displayed in rich detail at the Jane Austen House in Alton, Hampshire. Visit the site.

Lisbon: The Design and Fashion Museum
The Design and Fashion Museum in Lisbon tracks design in its various expressions through the 20th century. Visit the site.

Paris: The Musée d’Orsay
(Through 27 June)

Crime and Punishment is an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay that examines the connection between villainy and art by artists like Goya. Visit the site.

Prague: Ethnographic Exhibition at the Musaion
A subset of the National Museum, the Musaion in Prague is holding an ethnographic exhibition focusing on Czech folk culture. Visit the site.


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