Virtually explore the Leopold Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
This portrait is one of thousands stolen by the Nazis, and its story shows that the madness didn’t end with WWII.
The body’s expressive contortions reflect sculptural tradition, but Schiele used it to express the interior self.
Is Schiele’s haunted figure meant to be a famed Austrian artist or Jesus Christ—or both?
Death comes to everyone—peasant, priest, or prince. Here, Death menaces interconnected bodies… with a club.