(b. ca. 1550, s'Hertogenbosch, d. 1620, München)

The Allegory of Bavaria

c. 1590
Cast bronze, height 231 cm
Residenzmuseum, Munich

Originally it was a garden statue, beside a pool. Between 1615 and 1943 it decorated the cupola of the Hofgarten Pavillion in Munich raised on a base decorated by four putti. The goddess wears a helmet adorned with ears of grain, symbolizing agriculture, and her shoulders are covered with the skin of an Alpine deer. At her feet is a pitcher connoting the abundance of mountain streams and a small cask symbolizing the riches of the salt mines.