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Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze

March 28, 2014
Photographic portrait of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (Wikimedia Commons) A well-known section of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. It features an armored knight and two women; the knight represents strength, and the women embody ambition and sympathy. (Artstor) The entirety of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze (allart.biz) The Austrian 100 Euro Secession Coin, minted on November 10, 2004. The back (shown here) features figures from Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. (Wikimedia Commons) Klimt's Beethoven Frieze on display (wien.org.uk)

In 1902, Gustav Klimt created the Beethoven Frieze. This massive painting was inspired by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

The work is enormous; it is 34 meters wide and 2 meters high. Klimt painted it as one large work, though it was later split into seven pieces in order to be moved.

The work is currently on display in a specially-designed room at the Secession Building in Vienna, Austria.