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Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze

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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.

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