Astronomy by Hanus Schwaiger, Plate 120 from Gerlach's Allegorien, 1897


Allegorien-Neue Folge was a serialized folio published in installments between 1895 and 1900. Martin Gerlach, its publisher, was inspired by the rise of modernist design in Vienna and selected those who were demonstrating a command of the style to contribute works to the series and selected the most exciting and innovative artists of the region to contribute works to the series, including Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, and Carl Otto Czeschka. Each plate explores a different theme or collection of topics, such as dance, astronomy, electricity, and graphic arts, which brought a new aesthetic of design to the traditional allegory genre.

Lithograph of Hanus Schwaiger’s Astronomie, published as Plate 102 in Gerlach’s Allegorien by Gerlach & Schenk, Vienna. Paper measures 17 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches.

Museum collections: Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (BI 11751-108)