1845. Памятник на Мюнстерплац в Бонне.

When a competition for designing a Beethoven monument was held in Bonn, a number of more or less renowned German sculptors applied for this reputable project. In the end, the draft by Ernst Julius Hähnel, a successful sculptor from Dresden and Munich, was chosen. His concept was regarded as modern and still elevated enough.

Hähnel-Denkmal en face 3

Beethoven monument in Bonn by
Ernst Julius Hähnel (1845)
Aronson-Denkmal, gesamt

Hähnel portrayed Beethoven in the clothing typical for German and Austrian middle classes during the first half of the 19th century: Shirt, neckerchief, long sleeved jacket and long trousers. However, the artist added a large coat to give the composer a certain superior impression.

Beethoven's pose - his legs are slightly apart and he holds a writing feather in his raised right hand - should express his musical inspiration as well as the trendsetting aspect of his art.

Hähnel-Denkmal en face 3

Reliefs from the pedestal of the
Bonn Beethoven monument
Aronson-Denkmal, gesamt

Whereas Hähnel's Beethoven statue was met with criticism - people considered the statue as either too elevated or too plain - the reliefs which Hähnel created for the high pedestal found the public's approval.

They feature allegorical depictions of the different types of music composed by Beethoven.