"Michaelerplatz - Labors of Hercules" Hofburg Tip by yooperprof

Hofburg, Vienna: 29 reviews and 34 photos

  Gods and Monsters
by yooperprof

Favorite thing: Lorenzo Mattielli (1688-1748) created four monumental sculptures of the Labors of Hercules to adorn the central gateway from Michaelerplatz into the heart of the Hofburg Complex. (Mattielli also created the sculptural grouping on the facade of St. Michael's Church opposite - see the photo on my Michaelerkirche page.) I'm not sure which of the Labors this figure is meant to represent - could it be Hercules' battle with the Hydra? Incidentally, one of Hercules' adventures reportedly brought him north from Greece up to the Danube River. In 18th century iconography, the Habsburg Dynasty often identified itself with the great Hercules - or rather, the Habsburgs wished to be associated with the great fearless hero.

Address: the former winter-residence of the Kaiser

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2003
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