For this week's photohunt theme, I'm taking you to Austria. This is one of the many old Baroque fountains that we came across in the old city centre of Vienna.
The Donner fountain dates back to the year 1739 and the lady in the middle is Providentia. Around her are four cherubs representing Austrian rivers.
The figures on the edge of the fountain's basin symbolize
Traun, a young man with a trident, catching a fish at the base of the fountain;
Enns, an old ferryman, resting against a rock;
Ybbs, a resting girl with a water container;
and March, a female figure leaning to a relief depicting a battle between the Romans and Markomannen.
I also found out that these old weathered statues on the fountain were bronze replicas. The figures were made of lead, deteriorated and had to be replaced in 1873. The originals can now be found in the Lower Belvedere’s Marble Hall.
These figurines may be replicas, but they are definitely old and definitely beautiful. I like the entire fountain. Thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyDelete
Very nice photos, Life Ramblings, bringing Vienna nearer to me! Thanks! I always miss this city.ReplyDelete
A most grand and impressive fountain indeed :-).ReplyDelete
Fountains are always nice to take shots of. I also like to visit Vienna.ReplyDelete
old and still fabulous.ReplyDelete
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Wonderful shots of the exquisite fountain. I love the sculpture.ReplyDelete
Your photos are so great. I really want to visit Vienna! Hope you have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
i would love to visit austria because i love archaic designs.ReplyDelete
impressive fountain! beautiful weathered patina.ReplyDelete
Simply beautiful. Only topped by a piece of a Sacher Torte!ReplyDelete
They may be old, but they are really beautiful!ReplyDelete
Guess it makes sense to look to the Old World for photographs that fit the Old theme... ;bReplyDelete
Very nice fountains !ReplyDelete
I like the resting girl most !
This great collection of old statuary! Happy photo hunting :)ReplyDelete
Sigh -- I just love old fountains -- think Rome and Augsburg, for instance. Must have been a treat hunting them down --ReplyDelete
These statues are just exquisite. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
I'm daydreaming now. I feel like I'm near these statues with your awesome photos. :)ReplyDelete
Nice statues! : )ReplyDelete
nice photos! great to know the history for each character!ReplyDelete
Hi LR! Your posts always take me to far places! Thanks for the wonderful photos.ReplyDelete
Very impressive statues and fountains all around the city. It must have been fun to search for them.ReplyDelete