Unter den Linden 6
Wilhelm von Humboldt
Potsdam 1767 - Tegel 1835
Prussian philosopher, government functionary, diplomat, and founder of the University of Berlin, which was named after him (and his brother, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt) in 1949
Marble statue of Humboldt sitting on a chair holding a book in his lap. The chair is adorned with lion's heads, and classical reliefs on the back. On the sides of the pedestal are his name and three reliefs:
- WILHELM von HUMBOLDT, within a laurel wreath, in a cartouche, with an owl on top.
- A sitting woman and a putto carrying a bust of vitellus.
- Justice, depicted as a sitting woman with a sword and scales on the floor in front of her, reading from a book carried by a putto.
- A woman sitting against a plate with the names Sokrates, Plato and Aristoteles (in Greek), together with a putto she is holding a cloth.
Paul Otto. Roma. 1882
Unveiled 28 May 1883 together with the statue of his brother Alexander von Humboldt.
- Paul Otto (Berlin 1846 - Berlin 1893),
Sources & Information
Location (N 52°31'3" - E 13°23'36")
Item Code: debe007; Photograph: 9 August 2013
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