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Schillingsche Figuren - The four times of day

1860 - 71
The statues are created by Professor Johannes Schilling (1828–1910), one of the most important sculptors of his time. In 1861, he was commissioned to create a new decorative work for the steps of Brühl’s Terrace in Dresden. The last group of figures was erected there in 1871, displayed on two levels at the top and bottom of the steps
Material: Postelwitz sandstone

The statues take first prize at the Vienna Art Exhibition

1905 - 08
New statues closely based on Schilling’s figures are cast in bronze and displayed in Dresden.

1907 - 08
The sandstone statues are entrusted to the City of Chemnitz, as the material had been heavily affected by environmental influences due to the Elbe climate

The statues are erected on Königsplatz, now called Theaterplatz, incorporated in a fountain in the same arrangement as the bronze statues in Dresden

The statues are removed and placed into storage due to the construction of the Chemnitzer Hof Hotel

The statues are erected in the expanded grounds of the Schloßteich (Castle Lake); the installation was designed under the direction of the city’s chief architect, Fred Otto

The statues are renovated



The Morning, with waking and the morning dew

A magnificent female figure, with the light of the morning star gleaming in her hair; the figure airs out her robe after a refreshing sleep and inhales as she sets about the day’s work; she is accompanied by two charming girls, who serve a morning beverage and tie her sandals

Midday, with work and striving

A majestic male figure bearing a radiate crown upon his head;

he triumphantly holds aloft a laurel wreath, which was awarded to him in the prime of his life; an adolescent boy yearningly reaches out for it while a younger boy holding a spade stands at the man’s side

The Evening, with music and dance

A muscular male figure holding a goblet of wine, indulging at the end of a day’s work; the figure drinks the wine (Bacchus’s gift) while listening to the girls playing their instruments

The Night, with slumber and dreams

A noble female figure wearing a diadem with a crescent moon in her hair; she protectively wraps her robe around a sleeping boy while Morpheus whispers sweet dreams to him as he sleeps

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