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Frontal View of a Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for Veritas in Jurisprudence, 1901 - 1903

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk on brown paper
44.4×31 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This standing female nude is a study for the allegory of Veritas in the Faculty Painting Jurisprudence. Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) started the painting in 1903 and finished it as the last of the three Faculty Paintings in 1907. The figure of Veritas is the one furthest to the left next to the other two allegories of Justitia and Lex, which all appear from a distance in the uppermost part of the Faculty Painting. Veritas’s frontal position is reminiscent of the figure of Nuda Veritas which Klimt rendered for a book illustration published in 1898 in the Secession’s magazine Ver Sacrum and in the eponymous painting completed in 1899. There are some 20 known individual studies for the figure in the Faculty Painting. Seeing as the figure’s feet are covered by a band of clouds in the painting, Klimt dispensed with rendering them already in the studies.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Frontal View of a Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for Veritas in Jurisprudence
1901 - 1903
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Black chalk on brown paper
44.4×31 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1346
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Klimt persönlich. Bilder - Briefe - Einblicke, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2012 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 24.02.2012–27.08.2012).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1878-1903, Salzburg 1980.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 1/1980: 922

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1978-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. Frontal stehender weiblicher Akt mit geneigtem Kopf. Studie zur Veritas in „Die Jurisprudenz“, Dossier vom 31.01.2018, S. 3

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