At the Leopold Museum, Vienna

Virtually explore the Leopold Museum with Smarthistory as your guide

Some background

videos + essays

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Nazi looting: Egon Schiele’s <em>Portrait of Wally</em>
Nazi looting: Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally

This portrait is one of thousands stolen by the Nazis, and its story shows that the madness didn’t end with WWII.

Egon Schiele, <em>Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait)</em>
Egon Schiele, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait)

The body’s expressive contortions reflect sculptural tradition, but Schiele used it to express the interior self.

Egon Schiele, <em>The Hermits</em>
Egon Schiele, The Hermits

Is Schiele’s haunted figure meant to be a famed Austrian artist or Jesus Christ—or both?

Gustav Klimt, <em>Death and Life</em>
Gustav Klimt, Death and Life

Death comes to everyone—peasant, priest, or prince. Here, Death menaces interconnected bodies… with a club.