Controversy

 

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Hans Waldmann equestrian monument,  Zurich,  April 2017

Hans Waldmann was mayor of Zurich and master of the Kämbel guild in the late fifteenth century.  He lead the Confederates in the Burgundian Wars defeating Charles the Bold, but his performance as mayor met with less approval.  His attempts to raise taxes led to a peasant revolt which removed him from power and ended with his beheading in 1489.

In 1937, the Kämbel guild erected the equestrian sculpture of Waldmann in front of the Fraumünster church in an attempt to rehabilitate him, feeling the he had been condemned without good reason.  The statue was subject to much criticism, in part for the reputation of Waldmann, in part because it was too modern a piece of art to be displayed in central Zurich.

 

 


 

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 7 December 2017

Posted as part of Square Sky

5 thoughts on “Controversy

    1. Wish it was that easy! I’ve been on a wildlife photography day in grey, rain and cold today. But the sun did oblige at the end of the day.
      (and a log fire and red wine are helping right now)

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      1. Oh no – not great for wildlife photography. Actually not great for any activity!!
        Hope the red wine/log therapy works well long into the evening x

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