Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Mainz
Stadt Mainz

Rheinland-Pfalz

Gutenbergplatz

Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (Mainz c. 1398 - 1468)
German goldsmith, credited with being the inventor of the mechanical printing press
(Wikipedia)
Bertel Thorvaldsen & J.J. Barth
Charles Crozatier
1837

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Description

Bronze statue of Gutenberg with in his hand the bible: die Bibel gedruckt von Gutenberg. The statue is 3.45 m (11'4") tall and stand on a socle of 3.61 m (11'10") with on the faces two reliefs:

Mainz - Johannes Gutenberg
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Mainz - Johannes Gutenberg
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  1. Gutenberg and Fust.
    Johann Fust (Mainz c. 1400 - Paris 1466), early German printer a goldsmith, lawyer, and money lender. On account of his connection with Gutenberg, he has been called the inventor of printing, and the instructor as well as the partner of Gutenberg, others see him as Gutenberg's patron and benefactor (Wikipedia).
  2. Gutenberg at the printing press.

Inscription(s)

JOANNEM GENSFLEISCH
DE. GUTENBERG

patricium Moguntinum
aere per totam Europan collato
posuerunt cives
MDCCCXXXVII.
Artem, quae Graecos latuit latuitque Latinos,
Germani sollers extudit engenium.
Nunc, quidquid veteres sapiunt sapiuntque recentes,
Non sibi, sed populis omnibus id sapiunt.
johann gensfleisch zum gutenberg
dem mainzer patrizier, errichteten
seine mitbürger mit spenden aus ganz
europa im jahre 1837 dieses denkmal.
At the foot of the bronze statue: PROPRIETAS MOGUNTIA
THORWALDSEN sclupsit / romae mdcccxxxv
CROZATIER fudit / parisis mdcccxxxvii

The first relief is signed: Gegossen von J.G.B. Beyer. 1837 Ausgeführt auf Kosten des Städelschen Kunst-Instituts und des Kunstvereins zu Frankfurt a/M. Ausgearbeitet von J.J. Barth

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Tags

  • Country: Germany
  • Barth, J.J.
  • Crozatier, Charles
  • Fust, Johann
  • Gutenberg, Johannes
  • Printer
  • Statue
  • Thorvaldsen, Bertel
  • Location N 49°59'55" E 8°16'17"

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