Marshal Radetzky of Radetz, study for a monument on Malostranské Square in Prague

Emanuel Max, Josef Calanza Max

Emanuel Max, Josef Calanza Max - Marshal Radetzky of Radetz,  study for a monument on Malostranské Square in Prague
The monument of marshal Radetzky, legend of Austrian military glory, was the work of the two brothers Max. Radetzky, a soldier from Bohemia, was very popular with the army as a symbol of the monarchy's unity and even garrisons in lost corners of the monarchy participated in the fund raising for his monument. The monument was done after sketches and dispositions of Christian Ruben, who found the model for his composition in Brokoff's statue of St Francis Xavier on Charles Bridge. The bare-headed figure of the marshal with the victorious Austrian banner from the Italian Lombardy wars stands on a slab carried by representatives of the military units that participated in the fighting. Josef Max modelled the soldiers, while Emanuel focused on the main figure. The monument, cast from captured Italian guns, gift of the emperor, was solemnly unveiled in 1858, i.e. after Josef's death, in the lower part of Malostranské Square; at present it is at the National Museum (sculpture collection). In appreciation of the monument Emanuel was raised to the peerage and received many awards and decorations.
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measurements: height 33 cm
width 16,5 cm
depth 16,5 cm
material: bronze
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inventory number: DP 1051
gallery collection: Collection of the 19th Century Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain