Five busts of playwrights in oval holes of the loggia in the front façade of the National Theater (left to right):
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goethe w. Johann Wolfgang [since 1782: von] Goethe (Frankfurt am Main 1749-Weimar 1832), German writer and polymath; considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture
shakspere William Shakespeare (Stratford-upon-Avon 1564 - id. 1616), English poet and playwright (Wikipedia).
w.a. mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzburg 1756-Wien 1791),
prolific and influential composer of the Classical era
liszt f. Franz Liszt (Salzburg 1756-Wien 1791)
Hungarian prolific and influential composer of the Classical era
katona j. József Katona (Kecskemét 1791 - Kecskemét 1830) Hungarian playwright and poet.
The theater was built 1885-86 by the architects Fellner & Helmer. The busts placed in the oval holes of the loggia were those of Goethe, Vörösmarty, Katona, Liszt, and Shakespeare. With the latest restauration, the bust of Vörösmarty was replaced by one of Mozart, created by Ivan Herényi.
Theodor Friedl (Wien 1842 -Kirchau, Niederösterreich, 1900),