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Austria
Wien
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Dr. Karl-Renner-Ring 3 (1.)
(Parlamentsgebäude)

Pallas-Athene-Brunnen

Palles Athene Fountain

Athena or Pallas Athena (Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ) in Greek, or Minerva, in Roman mythology the goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, etc. She is often depicted with an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.
(Wikipedia: Athena and Minerva)
Various sculptors
1902

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Description

5 m tall statue of the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, dressed in armour with a gilded helmet, her left hand carries a spear, her right carries Nike. The statue is sculpted by Karl Kundmann after a statue in the collection of Cardinal Albani.

Athena stands on a pillar, this pillar is flanked by female statues by Josef Tautenhayn representing

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  1. the legislative power and
  2. executive power (female with sword) of the state.
Around them are lying allegorical representations of the most important rivers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire:

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  1. facing the street: the Danube (bearded man) and Inn (woman), by Hugo Haerdtl.
  2. facing the parliament building: the Elbe and Moldau (Vltava) (two women), by Kundmann.
  • On the sides are little cupids riding dolphins, by Haerdtl.

    Inscription(s)

    Signed: (Danube) h. haerdtl 1902
    (Elbe and Moldau) c. kundmann 1902
    (both sitting allegorical women) j. tautenhayn

    Annotation

    The fountain was erected between 1893 and 1902 and is based on the plans by Baron Theophil von Hansen.

    Sculptors

    Sources & Information

    Tags

  • Danube (personification)
  • Elbe (personification)
  • Executive Power (allegory)
  • Fountain
  • Haerdtl, Hugo
  • Hansen, Theophil von
  • Inn (personification)
  • Kundmann, Carl
  • Legislative Power (allegory)
  • Moldau (personification)
  • River god/goddess
  • Tautenhayn the Elder, Josef
  • Location N 48°12'28" E 16°21'34"

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