Game of Chess" (with detail), 1839, Josef Danhauser.

One of my favorite Biedermeier period works from my visit to the Belvedere Museum. The recurring subject is the victory of women over man - not only represented on the chessboard, but also as an allegory with the statue of Queen Omphale with her slave and future husband, Hercules. And yes, all odds are that the handsome gentleman sitting at the piano is none other than Franz Liszt.

(Apparently, the painting depicts a real event - a chess match between a banker named Escales and a Hungarian noble woman. They played because the lover of the noble woman had a big debt to this banker and that was the way she could gain back the debts - which she managed to do. Check the full story here.)

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