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Erzherzog-Johann-Brunnen-Denkmal

Archduke John Fountain/Monument

Erzherzog Johann von Österreich / Archduke John of Austria
Florence 1782 - Graz 1859
Austrian field marshal and Imperial regent (Reichsverweser). Great modernizer and important figure of identification for Styria
(Wikipedia)
Franz Pönninger
1878

Graz /  Erzherzog-Johann-Brunnen-Denkmal   Graz /  Erzherzog-Johann-Brunnen-Denkmal

Description

Large bronze statue (3.1 m high) of Archduke Johann in courtly civilian clothes with a document in his right hand. It stands on a square pedestal with texts, written by Anastasius Grün (Anton Alexander Graf Auersperg), and coats-of-arms on the faces.

ihrem freunde
und wohlthäter
JOHANN
erzherzog
von
österreich
die dankbare
steiermark

unvergessen
lebt im volke,
der des volkes
nie vergass

MDCCCLXXVII

ein fürst
in rath und that
schritt er voran
die bahnen
des guthen,
wahren, echten

On the corners of the pedestal are allegorical statues on the corners, representing the cornerstones of the Archduke's achievements and promotions.

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  1. Eisenbahnbau / Railway construction, a scholar with a triangle, blueprint and an arch.
  2. Wissenschaft / Science, the antique female figure with a parchment role and a globe.
  3. Bergbau / Mining, an old miner.
  4. Landwirtschaft / Agriculture, a young woman with a corn wreath.

The statue stands in a fountain basin with on the four corners allegorical representations of the rivers in Styria, with on the pedestals relief heads representing economic activities:

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  1. MUR, figure based on the coat of arms of the city of Graz; the relief heads featuring Ackerbau / Agriculture and Bergbau / mining.
  2. ENNS with a fish box; the relief heads featuring Industrie / Industry and Waidwerk.
  3. DRAU, with a basket full of grapes and a rudder. The relief heads represent Weinbau / Viniculture and Forstwirtschaft / Forestry.
  4. SANN, with ancient bath instruments. The relief heads represent das Heilbäderwesen / the Spas and likely die urigen Wälder / the quaint forests.

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1. Ackerbau / Agriculture
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1.Bergbau / mining
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2. Industrie / Industry
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2. Waidwerk
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3. Weinbau / Viniculture
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3. Forstwirtschaft / Forestr
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4. das Heilbäderwesen / the Spas
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4. die urigen Wälder / the quaint forest

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Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Forest
  • Forestry
  • Fountain
  • Grün, Anastasius
  • Industry
  • John (Archduke of Austria)
  • Miner
  • Mining
  • Monarch
  • Mur (personification)
  • Pönninger, Franz
  • Railway
  • River god/goddess
  • Sann (personification)
  • Science (allegorical figure)
  • Spa
  • Statue
  • Viniculture
  • Locatie (N 47°4'15" - E 15°26'17")

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