The Five Senses: Hans Makart

Hans Makart: The Five Senses

Hans Makart was a famous Austrian Academic painter who influenced Gustav Klimt and his painting The Five Senses is an example of this.

The five senses are here shown to be exampled by five nude female figures who, from left to right, experience and show touch, hearing, looking, smelling, and tasting. The figure looking in the mirror in the central panel has special interest as we too look – perhaps at ourselves, our own perception as we look at the work. The work was painted between 1872 and 1879.

Hans Makart’s The Five Senses is in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.

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