An intriguing masterpiece by Klimt. Pallas Athene (1898)

An intriguing masterpiece by Klimt. Pallas Athene (1898)

8/16/2021, 11:30:15 AM
An intriguing masterpiece by Klimt. Pallas Athene (1898) was painted by the Austrian master Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). It shows the ancient Greek goddess Pallas Athena (also known as Athene, Athena, or Minerva) as a powerful figure. She shows of her strength, something that was traditionally more common in paintings of masculine figures. But Klimt was quite familiar with the mythological stories and aware that gender ambiguities were not uncommon in ancient Greece. And Athena is one of the great examples, as she was often represented as feminine from the outside but masculine from the inside. Compared to other works by Klimt this mythologically-inspired work lacks the sensuality for which his works are known. But it is a very intriguing work (just look at all the “strange” elements and details he included), and it does have the iconic gold elements that we know from works like The Kiss, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, The Embrace, and Judith and the Head of Holofernes. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #Klimt #GustavKlimt #PallasAthene #Pallas #Athene #Athena #Goddess #Myth #Mythology #Masculine #Feminine

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