Statues - Hither & Thither

Hungary
Budapest
Budapest Főváros

Széchenyi István tér (V.)

Széchenyi István emlékmű

István Széchenyi Monument

Count István Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék
Wien 1791 - Döbling 1860
Hungarian politician, theorist and writer, one of the greatest statesmen of Hungarian history
(Wikipedia)
Engel József
Röhlich & Pönninger
1880

Budapest /  Széchenyi István emlékmű   Budapest /  Széchenyi István emlékmű

Description

Bronze, 4½ m tall, statue of Széchenyi with a sword on his left and in his right hand a roll. The statue stands on a 8.34 m tall granite base, flanked by four allegorical figures representing Széchenyi's four areas of interest:

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Budapest - Széchenyi István-emlékmű
1. Trade
Budapest - Széchenyi István-emlékmű
2. Navigation
Budapest - Széchenyi István-emlékmű
3. Industry
Budapest - Széchenyi István-emlékmű
4. Agriculture
  1. Trade, represented by Minerva.
    (Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ) in Greek, or Minerva, in Roman mythology, is the goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, etc. She is often depicted with an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom. (Wikipedia: Athena and Minerva).
  2. Navigation, represented by Neptune.
    Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) in Greek, or Neptunus, in Roman mythology, is the god of water and the sea (Wikipedia: Poseidon and Neptune).
  3. Industry, represented by Vulcan.
    Vulcan (Latin: Vulcanus), Roman god of both beneficial and hindering fire, including the fire of volcanoes (Wikipedia).
  4. Agriculture, represented by Ceres.
    Demeter (Δημήτηρ) in Greek and Ceres in Roman mythology, the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships (Wikipedia: Ceres and Demeter).

Inscription(s)

GRÓF SZéCHENYI ISTVÁN EMELTE
HÁLÁS NEMZETE
MDCCCLXXX
Count István Széchenyi Erected
by a grateful nation
1880

Signed: engel józsef és / weber antal épitesz / alkotasa / 1880 (Made by József Engel and Antal Weber, architect, 1880)

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Athena / Minerva
  • Ceres / Demeter
  • Engel József
  • Neptune / Poseidon
  • Politician
  • Röhlich & Pönninger
  • Széchenyi, István
  • Vulcanus
  • Location N 47°30'1" E 19°2'49"

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