Kaiser Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen
Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Nancy 1708 - Innsbruck 1765)
Holy Roman Emperor and Grand Duke of Tuscany, though his wife Maria Theresa effectively executed the real powers of those positions
Balthasar Ferdinand Moll
Lead equestrian statue.
divi francisci i. rom. imp.
franciscvs i. avst. imp.
avi opti maximi memoriam veneratvs
hunc locvm optavit
vt in svorvm conspectv semper esset
of the late Francis I, Roman Emperor
was placed in this location
by Francis I, Emperor of Austria,
honouring the memory of the best and greatest grandfather
that he always will be in the presence of his family,
Signed: (twice) B. Moll / Fecit / 1780
Construction of this statue of lead has been started during the lifetime of the emperor, but was only in 1780, 15 years after his death, completed. Since it was not bought by the Court, however, it stayed in the family of the artist Balthasar Ferdinand Moll. In 1797, it was erected in the Paradeisgartl on the Löwelbastei from where it was taken in 1819 to the Burggarten. At that time it was provided with a new stone base and inscription.
It is the oldest equestrian statue in Vienna.
- Balthasar Ferdinand Moll (Innsbruck 1717 - Wien 1785),
Sources & Information
Location (N 48°12'16" - E 16°21'54")
Item Code: atwi026; Photograph: 9 September 2012
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