Hans Makart, 'The Modern Rubens', was an Austrian allegorical painter and designer, 1840-1884. He studied under Rubens at the Academy in Vienna and won fame as the 'Prince of Taste,' even governing lady's fashion. One of Makart's greatest achievements was staging the vast costumed parades held to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth, in 1879.
See Sotheby's, New York, 10 May 2000, lot 159 for a similar example illustrated on p. 159 and as the catalogue end pages. Also see Christie's, New York, 24 April 2003, lot 142.
'The Five Senses' in its original painted form first appeared in The Art Gallery (room 36) of the Chicago World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893 (vol. II, p. 43). See the back end pages of this catalogue for an illustration of the subject en situ.