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Metallic Salopettes

"Adele Bloch-Bauer I" (1907, Wien). DETAIL: Paintings inside paintings. Studded with precious metals. Opulent patchwork of ornaments, where Mycenaean gold mingles with Byzantium. Creating the overall impression of a religious idol. This is Klimt’s expression of the decadent, morbid passion for jewelry. However, the triumph of this goddess is also her prison, captured in her precious tapestries, sealed alive inside a wall of gems.


Dinner dress, attributed to Callot Soeurs, ca. 1908. Silk, bead, linen, metal. Metropolitan Museum of Art: "The materials used in this gown from 1906-1910 enliven a conventional silhouette. The overall design and varying scale of the embroidery parallels the shape of the dress, and the use of lace, in particular the charming animal and bird motif lace of the sleeves, sets this dress apart from others of the same period in the Brooklyn [Museum] collection.”