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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c. zumbusch fecit
Gegossen c. turbain
(pedestal) eduard hauser / steinmetzmeister.
Unveiled 1 May 1880.
- Caspar Clemens Eduard Ritter von Zumbusch (Herzebrock Westfalen 1830 - Rimsting 1915),
Austrian sculptor of German origin
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Location (N 48°12'6" - E 16°22'37")
Item Code: atwi090; Photograph: 10 September 2012
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