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Seated Victoria, Throwing a Wreath

Christian Daniel Rauch1836 - 1845

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

This life-size figure of Victoria throw-ing a laurel wreath to the victor used to be in the White Room in the Stadtschloß, halfway along one of the shorter walls, symbolizing Prussia’s military might. In the liveliness of its movement and in its air of graceful and timeless lightness, the light-footed form of the winged goddess of victory contrasts with the sentiment-laden, patriotic aspirations of its noble place of keeping. The form of the figure goes back to one of the Victorias that Rauch made for the Walhalla near Regensburg.

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  • Title: Seated Victoria, Throwing a Wreath
  • Creator: Christian Daniel Rauch
  • Date Created: 1836 - 1845
  • Physical Dimensions: w106.0 x h223.0 x d90.0 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Technique and material: Marble
  • Inv.-No.: NG 8/69
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Andres Kilger
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist biography: Rauch was born to poor parents and thus unable to receive an artistic education. From 1797, he worked as a servant at the Prussian court in Potsdam to make a living, studying art at Berlin’s University of Arts only in his spare time. His talent was soon spotted by Gottfried Wilhelm Schadow: Rauch became his assistant in 1803 and later received funds to study in Italy by the Prussian king. In 1815 he returned to Berlin, where he laboured tirelessly until his death. Rauch was one of principal proponents of the Berlin school that strove for greater naturalism in sculpture. Among his most prominent works are the sculptures of Frederic the Great as a Cavalier in Berlin and the Seated Victoria, Throwing a Wreath.
  • Artist Place of Death: Dresden, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Arolsen, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1777-01-02/1857-12-03

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