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Allegories of the Four Seasons (Fountain Figures)

between 1569 and 1578, Artist: Johann Gregor van der Schardt , (Bildhauer)



Allegories of the Four Seasons (Fountain Figures)

In 1568, Emperor Maximilian II commissioned a silver fountain measuring more than three meters in height from the goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer. Both by its decorative program and by its ingenious engineering it was to glorify the House of Habsburg. However, the monument was not delivered until nine years later, to Maximilian’s son and heir, Rudolph II. In the 18th century the silver parts were melted down in order to finance the refurbishment of the Treasury, and only these four supporting bronze figures have survived.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXVIII

Object data

Object Name





between 1569 and 1578


Johann Gregor van der Schardt , (Bildhauer) (um 1530 Nijmwegen - um 1581 Nürnberg ?) - GND

Wenzel Jamnitzer , (Goldschmied) (um 1508 Wien - 1585 Nürnberg) - GND


Gilded bronze


72 cm × 36,5 cm × 20,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1118

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