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Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

The Österreichische Galerie Belvedere is a museum housed in the Belvedere palace, in Vienna, Austria. The Belvedere palaces were the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy; the ensemble was built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, comprises the Upper and Lower Belvedere, with the Orangery and Palace Stables, as well as extensive gardens. As one of Europe's most stunning Baroque landmarks, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the Belvedere houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, complemented by the works of international artists. At the Upper Belvedere, visitors not only encounter artworks drawn from over five hundred years of art history but can experience the magnificent staterooms. In addition to the Lower and Upper Belvedere, the museum has further sites at Prince Eugene's town palace and the 21er Haus as well as the Gustinus Ambrosi Museum; the Belvedere's art collection presents an complete overview of the development of art in Austria and, thus, an insight into the country's history.

The world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt's paintings lies at the heart of the presentation of Art around 1900, on show at the Upper Belvedere. Its highlights are Klimt's paintings, The Kiss and Judith and the Head of Holofernes, masterpieces by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Key works of French Impressionism and the greatest collection of Viennese Biedermeier art are further attractions at the museum; the two Belvedere palaces housed an array of artworks when they were the summer residence of the art patron and collector, Prince Eugene. After the Prince’s death, the Habsburgs acquired some of his collections together with the palaces. Various parts of the imperial art collection were subsequently placed on display at the Belvedere from 1781 onwards. In 1903, the state's "Moderne Galerie". After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the Upper Belvedere and the Orangery were converted into museums as well; the Österreichische Galerie, as the museum was named in 1921, came to comprise the Baroque Museum in the Lower Belvedere, the Gallery of 19th Century Art at the Upper Belvedere, the Modern Gallery at the Orangery.

The Belvedere's collection of medieval art was first exhibited at the Orangery next to the Lower Belvedere in 1953. In 1955, after years of rebuilding and renovation, the Upper Belvedere was reopened to the public, showing works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, other major Austrian artists. In the years after the Second World War, there were many acquisitions and the museum was expanded and modernized; the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere is today one of the Austrian Federal Museums and since 2000 has been a vollrechtsfähige "wissenschaftliche Anstalt". Agnes Husslein director of the Salzburg Rupertinum and the Museum der Moderne on the Mönchsberg, was director of the Belvedere between 2007 and 2016, she has positioned the Belvedere as a museum of Austrian art in an international context. Following extensive adaptation and remodelling, the highlights of the collections of medieval and Baroque art have been placed on display at the Upper Belvedere since spring 2008. For the first time, the entire scope of the permanent collection, from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century, can now be seen under one roof.

The adapted rooms in the Lower Belvedere and Orangery now provide space for temporary exhibitions. Moreover, a study collection of the medieval holdings was set up in the former Palace Stables; the permanent collections were redisplayed in 2011. Visitor numbers have been increasing during the years of Husslein's directorship and, in 2012, they surpassed the one million mark for the first time. Official Österreichische Galerie Belvedere website—Collection metasearch Belvedere Research Online

Rosati Windows

Rosati Windows, founded by Mike Rosati in 2000, manufactures and installs replacement windows and doors from its Columbus, Ohio factory. It is part of the Rosati Windows Family of Companies, which includes Rooms of Distinction, builder of custom room additions, wine rooms, finished basements, The Fix-It Crew, provider of maintenance and repair services for home and business owners. Rosati Windows ranked in the "Inc. 5000: The Fastest Growing Private Companies in America" in 2007 and 2008, while founder Mike Rosati received the 2005, Small Business Leader of the Year Award from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and was the 2003 Manufacturing Award Winner for South Central Ohio and Kentucky Region in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. The company has earned Consumers' Choice Awards, Angie's List Super Service Awards, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry ACE Awards for Achievement in Consumer Excellence, the Business Integrity Award from the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio.

Rosati Windows, which employs more than 160 and posted 2007 revenues of $18 million, produces vinyl replacement windows, windows that are wood on the inside and vinyl on the outside, both available in custom exterior color options, sliding glass doors, customizable fiberglass entry doors. Mike Rosati and the Rosati Windows Foundation contribute to local non-profit organizations and charities, including the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, a non-profit providing free legal representation to survivors of crime, Prescription for Good Health, which helps Columbus area residents in need obtain prescription medications, Ohio Cancer Research, Buckeye Ranch, Recreation Unlimited, Westerville South High School Athletic Department. Rosati Windows official website

Pravčická brána

The Pravčická brána is a narrow rock formation located in Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic, approx. 3 km northeast of Hřensko. With a span of 26.5 metres, an inside height of 16 metres, 8 metre maximum width and 3 metre arch, it is the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe, one of the most striking natural monuments in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. In 1826, an inn was built by the Pravčická brána. In 1881, Prince Edmund of Clary-Aldringen built the Hotel "Sokolí hnízdo" with 50 beds; as a result of heavy erosion by visitors, the arch has been placed out of bounds since 1982. The entire terrain has been in private ownership since the privatisation of the hotel and may be visited for an entry fee during opening times; the Eisenach to Budapest mountain path runs by the Pravčická brána. Several landscape scenes in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe were filmed here; because the Pravčická brána may no longer be climbed on, the scenes in which the actors appear to run over the arch were taken in the studio and pasted in.

Kleines Prebischtor Pravčická brána - homepages Pravčice gate virtual tour Information about the Pravčická brána in English, with a map of the area and images