Statues - Hither & Thither

Austria
Wien
Wien (Land)

Beethovenplatz (1.)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Bonn 1770 - Wien 1827
German composer and pianist
(Wikipedia)
Caspar von Zumbusch
Karl Turbain
1880

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Description

Bronze statue of Beethoven sitting on a chair. At the sides of the pedestal sit Prometheus (during the vulture's attack) and Nike (Victory, a winged female with laurel wreath), they impersonate the suffering for the sake of humanity and eternal glory.
On the front and back of the pedestal are nine putti: "The composer's gift to the world is symbolized by a ring of nine putti, five in front and four in back, who represent - on one level - the nine symphonies. They may also stand for the different aspects of Beethoven's music: heroic, pastoral, elegiac, tragic, idyllic, painful, pastoral. The (left-handed!) lute player in the center (the only putto with wings) of the front group is balanced by the figure of a swan on the verso of the monument - possibly a literal reference to Beethoven's swan song of the Ninth Symphony." (Comini, p. 352).

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Inscription(s)

LUDWIG
van
BEETHOVEN
errichtet
mdccclxxx.

Signature

c. zumbusch fecit
Gegossen c. turbain
(pedestal) eduard hauser / steinmetzmeister.

Annotation

Unveiled 1 May 1880.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Composer
  • Man (sitting)
  • Prometheus
  • Statue (man sitting)
  • Swan
  • Turbain, Karl
  • Victory
  • Zumbusch, Caspar von
  • Location N 48°12'6" E 16°22'37"

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