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Klimt. Athena

Gustav Klimt. Pallas Athena.

When Gustav Klimt painted Athena, he was aware of the philosophy behind the Greek personification of the idea of wisdom.

He painted the goddess in toga and armour, in her left hand a spear, and in her right hand she holds a small standing figure of a woman, vulnerable, nude.

This small nude figure is not any woman, this is Athena.

Athena is both the Goddess and the woman. Wisdom is the ability to be aware of ourselves and in control of ourselves,  something like a rider and a horse, another subject widely used in art. God within, we are both rider and horse.

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