Antefix (Heads of Women)
24.5 × 18.5 × 2.5 cm, 3 kg
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Johann Fischer was born into a simple family of sculptors in Graz. Thanks to his talent and efforts, he became the leading architect of the Habsburg Empire. The emperor thus ennobled him. His sculptures are less known than his popular architectural works.
The small-scale sculpture in Budapest was a model and pre-study for the Plague Column designed for the Graben, Vienna. Work on the memorial took a long time, and the reliefs, finally carved by Johann Ignaz Bendl (active 1682–ca. 1730) in 1706, were placed on the plague column in Perchtoldsdorf near Vienna. The carved version of the Budapest study can still be seen there.