Gustav Klimt is one of the most celebrated artists in the world and a key figure in the Vienna Secession. In 1892, after the trauma caused by the deaths of his father and brother, Klimt revolutionized his art and produced a series of works studded with sensual and elegant female figures.It is a triumph of goddesses, mythological figures and powerful women, often considered too realistic and provocative by his contemporaries.
In 1894,Klimt was commissioned to create a series of allegories for the ceiling of the Great Hall in the University of Vienna. The canvases were to depict the athenaeum faculty, glorifying the rational sciences and their positive effects on society. Jurisprudence, Philosophy, and “Medicine” are the three subjects finished by the artist, who openly refused to supply a rational vision of the world.
“Medicine“, in fact, does not celebrate the revolutionary achievements in the field of “Medicine“, rather it depicts humanity on the edge of the abyss; victim of a social, political and psychological crisis. It is a flow of naked bodies, raw and realistic, worn out by sickness and powerless against the inexorable force of time. It represents the succession of events of human existence, from the creation to the disintegration of life itself. It is a radical and unusual painting