Among the cultural treasures created during the complex reign of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867–1918) are the many magnificent public buildings located along the Ring Road or Ringstraße in Vienna. Here are to be found grand theaters, museums and government buildings whose architectural decorations celebrate the Beaux-Arts tradition of this region. The painted decorations of these monumental interior spaces are a testament to the rich artistic heritage that shaped the Austrian capital during this period.
Artists such as Carl Rahl, Hans Canon, Anselm Feuerbach and Hans Makart created original and highly accomplished works to adorn the walls and ceilings of these newly built cultural institutions. Gustav Klimt even formed a successful mural painting firm with his brother Ernst and Frans Matsch in the early stages of their careers. Called the Company of Artists, it received numerous commissions and awards for work which was designed in a traditional manner.