Wednesday, March 05, 2008


A very interesting article written by David Apatoff at Illustration Art

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This famous painting by Gustav Klimt was displayed for years as a "national treasure" in the elegant Belvedere Palace in Vienna.

When a dispute arose over its ownership, it became the subject of international diplomacy. Teams of lawyers, cultural officials and politicians debated the significance of the painting in front of international tribunals. Nine aging justices on the US Supreme Court deliberated its status under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. World leaders recognized it as raising questions of national identity and sovereign power. Eventually, the picture was purchased for $135 million, the most expensive painting ever sold at that time.

As you might expect, conditions were very different when the painting was first created...more

Wow. I really enjoyed that. It's been a while since I read art history.
Great article, about my favorite artist of all time. Thanks! :o)
It was a pretty neat story, now I have to track down the other 12 parts
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