Sunday, June 9, 2013

Monument to Goethe

Monument to Goethe by Gustav Eberlein, Villa Borghese gardens, Rome
Monument to Goethe by Gustav Eberlein, 1903
Villa Borghese gardens
Rome, April 2013

“In 1903 Emperor William II of Germany donated to the Italian State a Monument to Goethe by Gustav Eberlein; the poet is shown standing on a colossal Corinthian capital and is surrounded by statues portraying characters of his works Iphigenia in Tauris, Mignon and Faust. Two years later the Romans watched the arrival of a French reply to the German gift: a monument to Victor Hugo by Lucien Pallez; because the French writer's association with Rome was rather loose (he visited the city when he was six) the inscription quoted a speech he made to praise Garibaldi.”
(Villa Borghese, A Rome Art Lover's Web Page)

2 comments:

Dina said...

That is really putting Goethe on a pedestal.

cieldequimper said...

He deserves it.