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Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze

Photographic portrait of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt
Photographic portrait of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.
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
The entirety of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze allart.biz
Klimt's Beethoven Frieze on display
Klimt's Beethoven Frieze on display wien.org.uk
The Austrian 100 Euro Secession Coin, minted on November 10, 2004. The back (shown here) features figures from Klimt's Beethoven Frieze.
The Austrian 100 Euro Secession Coin, minted on November 10, 2004. The back (shown here) features figures from Klimt's Beethoven Frieze. Wikimedia Commons