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|| This gallery, conceived by Leo von Klenze as a prelude
to the picture gallery of the Imperial Museum, is intended to remind
visitors of the history of ancient art. The walls are decorated with
80 paintings on subjects from Ancient Greek myths and literary sources.
The artist Georg Hiltensperger created them imitating the ancient
encaustic technique - with wax-based paints on brass plates. The vaults
carry bas-relief portraits of famous European artists, including the
designer of the New Hermitage - Leo von Klenze. The gallery is used
to display works by the outstanding Neo-Classical sculptor Antonio
Canova (1757-1822) and his followers.