1840 – Hans Makart, born on the 28th of May in Austria. He was a 19th century Austrian academic history painter, designer, and decorator; most well known for his influence on Gustav Klimt and other Austrian artists, but in his own era considered an important artist himself and was a celebrity figure in the high culture of Vienna, attended with almost cult-liked adulation.
1850 – 1851 – He received his training in painting at the Vienna Academy from Johann Fischbach.
1861 – 1865 – He went to Munich, and after two years of independent study attracted the attention of Karl Theodor von Piloty, under whose guidance, where he developed his painting style.
1870 – Became the acknowledged leader of the artistic life of the Vienna.
1879 – He had designed a pageant organised to celebrate the Silver Wedding Anniversary of the Imperial couple, emperor Franz Josef and his wife Elizabeth, he designed, single-handed, the costumes, scenic setting, and triumphal cars.
– Became a Professor at the Vienna Academy.
1882 – Emperor Franz Josef ordered him the building of the Villa Hermes at Lainz for his empress and specified the bedroom decoration to be inspired from Shakespeare’s Midsummernight’s Dream.
1884 – Died on the 3rd of October in Vienna.