Voluptuous Imperia

Imperial by Peter Lenk,  Constant,  Germany,  April 2017

This striking statue stands on a rotating pedestal at the entrance to Konstanz harbour.  It stands 9 metres tall, weighs 18 tonnes and flaunts its attributes.


This assertive figure represents Imperia, a seducer of cardinals and princes at the Council of Constance in La Belle Impéria, a short story by Honoré de Balzac.    The two gaunt and exhausted-looking men in her hands are Pope Martin V and Emperor Sigismund.




Copyright Debbie Smyth, 25 May 2017

Posted as part of Thursday Special

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