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Fassadenskulpturen des Gildehauses

Façade Sculptures of the Guild House

Die Vier Kardinaltugenden - The four cardinal virtues

1883-92

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Description

The Gildhaus was built in Neorenaissance style in two fases, 1882-83 and 1892-93 fitting to the Haus zum Breiten Herd for which it was an extension. The left wing has in the frieze the date 1883, and in the top the year 1892.

A stone relief frieze between the first and second floor of the Gildehaus shows in four fields the four cardinal virtues as allegorical women sitting in a landscape.

Erfurt - Fassadenskulpturen des Gildehauses
justitia
Gerechtigkeit / Justice
Blindfolded woman with a sword and an eagle.
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prudentia
Klugheit / Prudence
Woman with a scroll (text: 'Per Crucem ad Lucem') and an owl.
Erfurt - Fassadenskulpturen des Gildehauses
fortitudo
Tapferkeit / Courage
Woman with a club and a lion.
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temperantia
Mäßigung / Moderation
Woman with a gobleet and a bread.

In the frieze is a shield with the text: auctor carol walther, mercator, ædificator carol. fruehling arch. consiliar. a.d. 1883

Erfurt - Fassadenskulpturen des Gildehauses

In the façade of the left wing of the house are three niches above each other with statues:

Erfurt - Fassadenskulpturen des Gildehauses
Maria mit Kind / St. Mary with Child
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Mercurius
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Woman with wine can

The right wing has a gable topped with a statue of a man with a halbert, flanked by putti blowing on horns. In the tympan a head of a bearded man.

Erfurt - Fassadenskulpturen des Gildehauses

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Façade with statues (secular)
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Man with halbert
  • Mary with Child
  • Mercurius / Hermes
  • Prudentia
  • Strength (Fortitudo)
  • Temperantia
  • Virtues
  • Woman with wine can
  • Locatie (N 50°58'41" - E 11°1'43")

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    Item Code: deth151; Photograph: 12 October 2018
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