Allegory of the Elocution - Ceiling painting in the Burgtheater, Vienna
The commission for the ceiling paintings in the Burgtheater was the first order the Künstler Compagnie ( Gustav Klimt and his brother Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch) received in Vienna. Until that point they had only worked in the province. It is most likely that Rudolf Eitelberger recommended the group to the architect of the Burgtheater Carl Hasenauer who then commissioned the trio with the ceiling paintings in the hallway. Adolf von Wildbrandt, director of the new theater was responsible for the thematic program of the paintings- the history of the theater with the most famous dramatists and comedy poets. Klimt executed 4 of the 10 paintings: Theater in Taormina, Altar of Dionysus, Thespiskarren and Shakspeares Theater. After two years the commission was completed and the compagnie received an order from the Emperor- the Goldene Verdienstkreuz, Klimt was not content with his work.