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Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe

Minerva and Herkules, Rhine and Lippe

Guillaume Hulot & Ernst Altmann
c. 1720/1898

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Description

The Berlin gate of Wesel was built from 1718 to 1722 by the architect Jean de Bodt. De sculptures on the gate symbolize the strength and fame of Prussia.

Wesel - Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe
Minerva
Wesel - Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe
Hercules
Wesel - Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe
The Rivers Rhine and Lippe, which meet in Wesel
Wesel - Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe
The Prussian eagle flies towards the sun - symbol for the Sunking Louis XIV of France, with the motto "non soli cedit" (he does not give way to the sun).
Wesel - Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe
A lion resting between oak and laurel with the motto "in ipsa quiete timendus" (one must fear him even when he is asleep).
Wesel - Minerva und Herkules, Rhein und Lippe
Trophy with the Royal Prussian coat of arms. Replica. The original was from 1898/99 by Ernst Altmann.

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Country: Germany
  • Altmann, Ernst
  • Athena / Minerva
  • Coat of arms
  • Eagle
  • Hercules / Heracles
  • Hulot, Guillaume
  • Lion
  • Lippe (personification)
  • Rhine (personification)
  • River god/goddess
  • Location (N 51°39'25" - E 6°37'20")

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    Item Code: denw1053; Photograph: 2 August 2022
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