Gustav Klimt, Roman and Greek antiquity (The Girl from Tanagra & Pallas Athene), 1890/91, staircase of the Museum of Fine Arts

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:

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz , 1010  Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. Free admission for blind and visually impaired visitors with one escort.

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