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Quadriga auf dem Brandenburger Tor

Quadriga atop the Brandenburg Gate

Gottfried Schadow
1793

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Description

Bronze sculpture of a quadriga - a chariot drawn by four horses abreas, with Victory as the triumphant woman driving it.

Annotation

The Berlin Quadriga was designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow in 1793 as the Quadriga of Victory, perhaps as a symbol of peace (represented by the olive wreath carried by Victory). Located atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, it was seized by Napoleon during his occupation of Berlin in 1806, and taken to Paris. It was returned to Berlin by Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher in 1814. Her olive wreath was subsequently supplemented with an Iron Cross. The statue suffered severe damage during the Second World War.
In 1956-1957 a replica was made by Otto Schnitzer, the association of the Iron Cross with Prussian militarism convinced the Communist government of East Germany to remove this aspect of the statue. The iron cross was restored after German reunification in 1990.

Berlin - Quadriga auf dem Brandenburger Tor

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Location (N 52°30'58" - E 13°22'40")

Item Code: debe036; Photograph: 10 August 2013
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