Painted between 1900 and 1907 to decorate the ceiling of the assembly hall of the University of Vienna, Gustav Klimt’s Faculty Paintings were the Viennese master’s last public commission. Klimt’s critics believed they broke cultural taboos and pushed the boundaries of obscenity, but their sensual beauty is plain to see on Medicine, the fourth coin in our award-winning Klimt and his Women series.
Gustav Klimt’s world was a world of women. From classical and allegorical to erotic and mythological, the ever-popular Austrian painter succeeded in portraying female beauty like few others, to the extent that his name is synonymous with the representation of the female form.
Klimt and his Women is an unforgettable five-coin series of miniature masterpieces celebrating the Viennese master’s unique vision of women. Each beautiful new 50 euro solid gold coin in the series, all featuring a woman who moved Klimt, is being issued at the beginning of every year from 2012 to 2016. Some of these paintings may be among the most famous, coveted and valuable in the world today, but you no longer need to be a billionaire to start your very own Klimt collection.
Klimt’s artistic genius is reason enough to complete Klimt and his Women, but as a further incentive each of the five gold coins bears the letter K, L, I, M, or T, so that the complete series spells the word ‘KLIMT’.