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Amazon, 1897–1905

Leopold Museum,
Bronze with black-brown patina
64.5×48×17.3 cm


  • Franz von Stuck

    (Tettenweiss 1863–1928 Munich)

  • Cosmas Leyrer
Currently on display at OG4
The German painter, graphic artist and sculptor Franz von Stuck (1863–1928) created this bronze sculpture of an Amazon between 1897 and 1905. Stuck attended the School of Arts and Crafts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and founded the Munich Secession together with the painter Wilhelm Trübner (1851–1917) in 1892. The equestrian statue is characteristic of Stuck’s oeuvre, which is determined by symbolist content and antique motifs: An amazon is in the act of throwing a spear at a hostile target. In order to aim accurately, she is forcefully pushing the head of her battle horse aside. The only attributes of the otherwise naked female warrior are her helmet and her spear. This archetype of the “femme fatale”, a woman who is dangerous to men, has inspired patriarchal male fantasies and fears ever since the Antiquity. With this figure, Stuck followed the symbolist tradition of the fin de siècle and examined it in the light of changing gender roles. The cast was executed by the renowned Munich bronze caster Cosmas Leyrer.

Object data

  • Franz von Stuck
  • Execution: Cosmas Leyrer
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Bronze with black-brown patina
64.5×48×17.3 cm
Designated on the front on the plinth: Franz von Stuck; foundry stamp on the left of the upper edge of the base
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6118
Inventory access
Accession 2018

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Privatsammlung Hessen (o.D.); (1)
Auktion: 18.05.2018, Ketterer Kunst München, 465. Auktion, Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts, Los Nr. 67;
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2018). (2)

  1. Ketterer Kunst GmbH & CO. KG, Katalog zur 465. Auktion, München 2018
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Rechnung Nr. 1018-100771 vom 19.05.2018 und Übergabebestätigung vom 16.06.2018

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