Virtually explore the Leopold Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
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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, Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait)
The body’s expressive contortions reflect sculptural tradition, but Schiele used it to express the interior self.
Egon Schiele, The Hermits
Is Schiele’s haunted figure meant to be a famed Austrian artist or Jesus Christ—or both?
Gustav Klimt, Death and Life
Death comes to everyone—peasant, priest, or prince. Here, Death menaces interconnected bodies… with a club.