The Equestrian Statue of Archduke Leopold V.
The Leopold Fountain in Innsbruck, one of the city’s most important sights, is an extraordinary masterpiece of early Baroque bronze sculpture. The equestrian statue depicting the titular eponymous Tyrolean ruler Archduke Leopold V (1586–1632) as well as nymphs and river gods brought international renown to court embosser Caspar Gras. The artistic highlight of this masterful groundbreaking equestrian monument is the rearing (levade) pose of the horse that balances itself without support on its hind legs. Friedrich and Heinrich Reinhardt cast the bronze statue.
The monument remained unrealised due to the death of Leopold V. Various plans were made for the erection of the equestrian statue together with the other bronze figures, but they only took concrete shape in the form of a fountain ensemble on Rennweg in 1893. It was reinstalled in 2019 on the square in front of the Haus der Musik Innsbruck (House of Music), the construction of which necessitated the repositioning of the fountain and the restoration of the equestrian statue.
Archduke Leopold V now once again crowns the monumental fountain as a worthy representative of Ambras Castle in the heart of the city. The exhibition On Horseback. The Equestrian Statue of Archduke Leopold V traces the eventful history of this unique work of art. On show are selected works by Caspar Gras as well as models, original drawings and historical siting plans. The exhibition objects come from the collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and Ambras, the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol, the Tiroler Landesarchiv and from private owners.