"The kiss" is the most famous work of the artist Gustav Klimt. Painted between 1907-1908, it is now housed in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna. Klimt's Kiss represents two figures, a man and a woman embracing each other, while kneeling on a flowery meadow, dressed in colourful robes. In this painting, as in most of Klimt's paintings, the female figure plays an important role. Unlike the male figure, which is only partially represented and in profile, the woman, who is painted in full figure and in all her beauty, through her entranced face manages to give the work an intimate and erotic look. "The Kiss", although not the only work in which Klimt deals with the theme of love, perfectly hits the target to which the author aspires: to raise an action considered as ordinary as a kiss, to something extraordinary. Eros triumphs and goes beyond all limits and differences between men and women. The strong grip of the man, a sign of power and safety, is in clear antithesis with the abandonment and sweetness of the woman. From the rhetorical point of view the painting can be inserted in the "golden period" of the artist, so defined for the insistent use of the gold colour in his paintings. Klimt’s journey to Ravenna in 1903, the period in which the first Byzantine mosaics arrived in Italy, significantly influenced his art. The refinement of the work and the erotic-spiritual themes treated, have made Gustav Klimt the greatest representative of the taste of the Belle Époque and they have made "The Kiss" the manifesto of the Viennese Secessionist art.