Resplendence: Feuille 38


The Gold Lady is eternal, timeless. She is forever young and forever beautiful, and she has existed in many ages. One thousand years is like a day and a day is like one thousand years to her. When I was a little boy, I remember hearing a priest say that about God during the mass, but I know it’s true for the Gold Lady as well.

She has been the inspiration for many artists from the sculptor who carved Nefertitti’s bust to Andy Warhol. Here she is in a painting by Gustave Klimt. In the painting, there is lots of Gold, which makes the Gold Lady look radiant, but her skin is pink and she has lots of black hair. If you put the painting under an X-ray, then you’ll see that Klimt has painted over the Gold Lady’s golden skin and glowing halo. Since it was meant to be a portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Klimt had to paint over it and hide the true source of his inspiration.

How was the Gold Lady in Austria around 1907? She can time travel in the blink of an eye and she will never disturb history because she was meant to be there. Of course, you must think I’m making this stuff up, but I’m not. I was there when I posed for Klimt’s painting, right there in his studio. When he looked at the Gold Lady, he saw triangles, spirals, squares, eyes, and coffee beans and started painting.

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