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#3733 Statue Frederick Augustus I - Dresden (Germany)

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A statue of Frederick Augustus I "The Righteous" (den Gerechten) in seated position now stands on the site of the old Albert statue. This monument is created by the German sculptor Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel, the pedestal is designed by the German architect Gottfried Semper, and had been located at the Dresden Zwinger since 1843, and later was moved to the Japanisches Palais. Through the efforts of the city, the Saxon Academy of Fine Arts, and private sponsors it was moved to this prominent spot in 2008 at the Schloßplatz. The consecration on 29 May 2008 included a performance of the Weih-Hymne by Richard Wagner, who had composed the piece on the occasion of the sculpture's original unveiling in 1843.

The inscription reads (all the way around):
FRIEDRICH AUGUST DEM GERECHTEN
DAS DANKBARE VATERLAND.

DENN EWIGLICH WIRD ER NICHT WANKEN
DER NACHRUHM DES GERECHTEN BLEIBET EWIG.

ZUM ANDENKEN AN DIE SEGNUNGEN
EINER LVIII JÆHRIGEN REGIERUNG.

WOHL DEM MANNE DER DEN EWIGEN FUERCHTET
DER GROSSE LUST HAT AN DES HERRN GEBOT.

Freely translated as:
Frederick Augustus I "The Righteous"; the grateful Fatherland.

He shall not waver forever; the fame of the righteous remains forever.

In commemoration of the blessings of the 58-year reign.

Happy is the man who fears the eternal; who has great pleasure in the Lord's commandments.

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Matthijs van Wageningen
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