Statues - Hither & Thither

Austria
Sankt Veit an der Glan
Kärnten

Hauptplatz 1
(Rathaus)

Justitia und Heiligen

Justice and Saints


1468 and 1754/55

Sankt Veit an der Glan /  Justitia und Heiligen   Sankt Veit an der Glan /  Justitia und Heiligen

Description

On the richly decorated front façade of the Town Hall is a baroque high relief of Lady Justice, blindfolded and holding sword and scales. Below this is a 15th century metal cast plate with four saints, the imperial coat of arms, the Carinthian coat of arms, the housemark of the founder families Gleismüller and Kaltenhauser as well as the saying 'Aeins mans red ein halbe red. Man sol sy verloren bed. Anno M.CCCC.LXVIII' (from the Sachsenspiegel).

The plate is probably made in Nuremberg, because the patron saint of that town, St. Sebald, is depicted, while this is saint is never seen in Carinthia, and the quote of the Sachsenspiegel is identical with that on the Nuremberg town hall.

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

Coat of arms of St. Veit an der Glan

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

Justitia / Lady Justice

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

15th century metal cast plate

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

St. Vitus
from Sicily, died as a martyr during the persecution of Christians by co-ruling Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian in 303. Vitus is counted as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (Wikipedia).

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

St. Laurentius / St. Lawrence
(c. 225 - 258), one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome who were martyred during the persecution of Valerian. Usually holding a gridiron and wearing a dalmatic (Wikipedia).

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

St. Andreas / St. Andrew
apostle and the brother of Saint Peter; founder and the first bishop of the Church of Byzantium. Protector of fishermen, in particular. He is shown with a saltire cross, in accordance with the way in which he died (Wikipedia).

Sankt Veit an der Glan - Justitia und Heiligen

St. Sebald
according to legend a hermit and a missionary; patron saint of Nürnberg (Wikipedia).

Sources & Information

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Location N 46°46'0" E 14°21'24"

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