Happy Birthday Hans Makart!! Austrian painter born today in 1840, Makart quickly rose in popularity. He studied with Karl von Piloty and was given a studio by the emperor of Austria and it became the popular place to be seen, frequented by politicians, artists and royalty. He painted historical scenes in rich colors, with an etheral quality, creating a dreamy, sensual aura. His nudes were often scandalous for the times. Gustav Klimt claims Makart as an influence. Charlotte Wolter as the Empress Messalina is shown here today.