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Fassadenstatuen an der Semperoper

Façade Statues on the Semper Opera

Ernst Rietschel & Ernst Hähnel
1841

Dresden /  Fassadenstatuen an der Semperoper

Description

The front façade of the Semper Oper has several statues.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Relief on the pedestal of the Goethe statue

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Friedrich von Schiller

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Relief on the pedestal of the Schiller statue

To the left and right of the entrance, sitting figures made by Rietschel, both with a relief on the front side of the pedestal. They depict:
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William Shakespeare

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Sophocles

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Molière

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Euripides

On the sides, in niches above each other, statues of a sitting (lower niche) and standing (upper niche) figure, by Hähnel. The sitting figures are: The standing figures are: These six statues were all made for the first Semper Oper, built 1841.

Panther-Quadriga
Above the entrance is the Panther-Quadriga by Johann Schilling and the 16 statues on the ledges (8 on each side), some of which had to be newly made at the reconstruction in 1985, they show among others Faust, Mephistopheles, Don Juan, Oberon and Titania.

Semper Oper, 8 statues on the west side

Inscription(s)

The Goethe statue is signed E.R. 1841

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
  • Hähnel, Ernst
  • Jupiter / Zeus
  • Molière
  • Panther
  • Rietschel, Ernst
  • Schiller, Friedrich von
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Sophocles
  • Theatre / Opera House
  • Writer / poet
  • Location (N 51°3'15" - E 13°44'7")

    Item Code: desn030; Photograph: 22 January 2011
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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