Dr. Karl-Renner-Ring 3 (1.)
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)
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
Around them are lying allegorical representations of the most important rivers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire:
- the legislative power and
- executive power (female with sword) of the state.
On the sides are little cupids riding dolphins, by Haerdtl.
- facing the street: the Danube (bearded man) and Inn (woman), by Hugo Haerdtl.
- facing the parliament building: the Elbe and Moldau (Vltava) (two women), by Kundmann.
Signed: (Danube) h. haerdtl 1902
(Elbe and Moldau) c. kundmann 1902
(both sitting allegorical women) j. tautenhayn
The fountain was erected between 1893 and 1902 and is based on the plans by Baron Theophil von Hansen.
- Hugo Haerdtl , also Härdtl (Hof (Dvor, Krain), 1846 - Wien 1918),
- Theophil von Hansen (København (Copenhagen) 1813 - Wien 1891),
Danish-Austrian architect, well known for his buildings and structures in Vienna, and is considered an outstanding representative of neoclassicism (bust)
- Carl Kundmann (Wien 1838 - Wien 1919),
- Josef Tautenhayn der Ältere (Wien 1837 - Wien 1911),
Austrian medalist and sculptor, father of Josef Tautenhayn der Jüngere
Sources & Information
Location N 48°12'28" E 16°21'34"
Item Code: atwi084; Photograph: 10 September 2012
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