Aria · Studies in Art History

Issue 1


Alexandra Kocsis
Hidden consonance in the history of sculpture. The statues of Adriaen de Vries from the Waldstein Garden in Prague

URN: urn:nbn:hu-73827
Published: 2/18/2010

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Adriaen de Vries designed a special set of sculptures for Albrect von Waldstein in his ducal palace in Prague. Recreating the most prominent ancient and Renaissance sculptures according to his own, and his era's taste, as well as arranging them into a compositional unit, de Vries provided a vision of sculpture history. However, this idealistic plan remained unfulfilled. More than that, the pieces have been dispersed, hence it needs to be proven that they once belonged to one ensemble. The article tries to reconstruct the original composition, starting with the suspicion that it is at least doubtful that existing documents concerning these sculptures give a complete list of the elements of de Vries's ensemble, as was thought earlier. Through a compositional analysis, two sculptures of unsure provenience, Hercules Pomarius and Mercurius of Karlskrone were given place in the set, hence getting closer to the original ideal of de Vries.

Recommended citation: Kocsis, Alexandra: "A szobrászat történetének rejtett összhangja. Adriaen de Vries szoboregyüttese a prágai Waldstein-palota kertjéből", in: Aria 1 (2010), 45–58; URL: <> [last visit: 4/16/2024].

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