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Viktor Oskar Tilgner

Viktor Oskar Tilgner

Austrian sculptor and medailleur
Viktor Oskar Tilgner
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Intro Austrian sculptor and medailleur
A.K.A. Victor Oscar Tilgner, Victor Oskar Tilgner, Victor Tilgner
Was Artist Sculptor
From Austria
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth 25 October 1844, Bratislava
Death 16 April 1896, Vienna (aged 51 years)
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Viktor Oskar Tilgner (25 October 1844 in Pressburg – 16 April 1896 in Vienna) was an Austrian sculptor and medailleur.


He was the son of Captain Carl Tilgner. The family moved to Vienna when he was a child. His talent was recognized early by the sculptor Franz Schönthaler, who became his first teacher. Then, at the Academy of Fine Arts, he studied under Franz Bauer (1798-1872) and Josef Gasser. Later, he was attracted to engraving and worked with the medailleur Joseph Daniel Böhm.

He belonged to the circle of artists around Count Karol Lanckoroński. During the World Exhibition of 1873, he met the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Gustave Deloye, who strongly influenced his work. The following year, he took a trip to Italy with Hans Makart, whose "realistic academicism" also influenced Tilgner's style. For the last twenty years of his life, he had a large studio in what was originally a greenhouse at the Palais Schwarzenberg

Despite a long-standing heart condition and recurring chest pain, he spent a strenuous day working on his Mozart monument, to get it ready on schedule. He died of a heart attack the next morning. Often considered to be his greatest work, the monument was unveiled a few days after his death. The bulk of his estate was bequeathed to his hometown and is now on display at the Bratislava City Gallery.

Selected major works

  • Statue of Leopold V, Duke of Austria at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
  • Statue of Peter Paul Rubens at the Künstlerhaus
  • Statues at the Kunsthistorisches Museum: Christian Daniel Rauch, Peter von Cornelius and Moritz von Schwind.
  • Statues at the Naturhistorisches Museum: Alexander von Humboldt, Leopold von Buch, Isaac Newton and Carl Linnaeus.
  • Statues at the Austrian Parliament building: Archimedes, Marcus Terentius Varro, Homer and Phidias.
  • Figures at the Burgtheater: Don Juan, Phaidra, Falstaff, Hanswurst, William Shakespeare, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Molière, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Hebbel, Franz Grillparzer and Karl Felix Halm.
  • Monument for Josef Werndl, Steyr
  • Monument for Anton Bruckner in the Stadtpark. Due to vandalism, the female figure was removed and replaced with a simple pedestal.
  • Monument for Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Bratislava
  • Monument for Franz Liszt, Ödenburg

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