Ludwig van Beethoven

The bronze bust of the legendary pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven joined the statues on the Mall in 1884. Beethoven is shown here with his signature mane of hair and brooding intensity. At the base stands a mythical figure holding a lyre, meant to represent the “The Genius of Music.”

Ludwig van Beethoven was crafted by German-American sculptor Henry Baerer and dedicated in 1884. Fittingly, the statue was made possible by the German-American Choir Society that often performed on the Park’s concert ground. The statue was originally placed at the Naumburg Bandshell, erected in 1923. The bust then moved to its current location at the site of the Park’s original cast-iron bandstand, where musicians delighted Park-goers from 1862 until it was demolished in the 1920s.

Similar works can be seen at other public parks; a nearly identical sculpture, also by Baerer, can be found at Prospect Park, and a replica of the bust stands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.

Ludwig von Beethoven


Mid-Park at 70th Street

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