KLIMT * ANCIENT EGYPT Nude Woman EGYPTOLOGY GODS MAXIMUM CARD Austria 2016

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STAMP DEPICTING KLIMT’S FASCINATING EGYPTIAN MURAL CELEBRATES KHM’S 125TH BIRTHDAY
By Giorgio Migliavacca

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum celebrates its 125th birthday this year. On 8 March 2016 Austria Post issued a special stamp to salute this important anniversary. This stamp depicts an 1890 Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) mural from the north wall of the museum’ stairwell, part of a cycle showing the history of fine arts. The mural, entitled “Egypt”, shows a nude female figure holding the Ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life, in her hand. She is standing in front of images of the gods Horus, and Thoth and of the vulture which symbolises the goddess Nekhbet protector of Egypt and the Pharaohs, and invariably referred to as “Mother of Mothers”.
In 1890, a year before the opening of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gustav Klimt, his younger brother Ernst, and their friend Franz Matsch were commissioned to work on a cycle of murals focusing on personifications of different eras, namely Ancient Egypt as well as Greek and Roman civilizations. This splendid cycle decorates the spaces between the columns and left and right of the arches. Eleven of the 40 spandrel and intercolumnular paintings were executed by Gustav Klimt.
Klimt began his career painting frescoes and ceilings in majestic public buildings on the Ringstraße including a most captivating series of “Allegories and Emblems”. For his contributions to the arts, in 1888, Klimt received the Golden Order of Merit from Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria. Klimt travelled little, but his trips to Ravenna and Venice, where he saw the famous and beautiful beautiful mosaics which inspired his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery.
Klimt’s best-known paintings are from his “golden period” – mosaic-like creations, with mesmerising jewelled tessere and magnificent pieces of gold and silver showering the pictures. One of his most famous paintings, “The Kiss” has been featured on stamps issued by France, Austria and other countries. Grenada, Bhutan, Niger, Togo, Maldives, San Marino, Turks & Caicos, and Guinea have issued stamps depicting paintings by Klimt.
The 1932 Charity Stamps series issued by Austria includes a 64g v

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