Ceiling painting by Klimt
Here, Gustav Klimt created 40 spandrel and intercolumnia paintings (Zwickel- und Intercolummnibilder) in 1891 with his artist colleagues; they worked on those areas that remained free between arches and columns in the splendid stairwell of the museum.
Here, the three painters depicted the main epochs of art history with symbolic figures. An information tablet set into a small table on the balustrade of the stairwell explains the meaning of these figures. This was the last important work by the artists’ group. After the death of his brother Ernst in 1892, Klimt ended his cooperation with Matsch.
Other stations of the Klimt Walk: