A statue of Baroness Ulrika and the poet Goethe was unveiled in Třebívlice

Updates: 14.07.2021 12:20

Třebívlice (Litoměřice) – In Třebívlice in the Litoměřice region, they have a new statue of Baroness Ulrika von Levetzow and the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The author of the sculpture entitled Kiss of the Hand is the last living relative of Ulrika, who spent almost her entire life on the estate in Třebívlice.

Ulrika met the German poet at the age of seventeen during her stay in Mariánské Lázně in 1821. Goethe, who was 72 at the time, fell in love with her. The age difference of 55 tries to capture the sculpture in which the baroness is depicted as a young girl and Goethe in old age. “Ulrika wrote memoirs stating that there was no love on her part, but respect and admiration for a great man. Apart from a few fleeting kisses on the forehead, there was no physical contact,” Třebívlice chronicler Venus Pazderová, who is in charge of the exhibition, told ČTK. in a village dedicated to the Baroness.

The young noblewoman refused the marriage proposal, but never married herself. Goethe expressed the pain of rejection in the poem of the Marianske Lazne elegy and did not come to Bohemia. “Ulrika then went to her mother in Třebívlice in 1824 and remained there until her death in 1899. She was very popular with her subjects, she founded a school for girls and even a dog cemetery,” said the chronicler, adding that she herself was still a descendant of witnesses in the village met. Some donated a family memorial to Ulrika to the exhibition. “She was generous, she always visited every mother with a gift. She said she was sorry that she had never learned Czech in her old age,” Pazderová said.

The estate was inherited from Ulrika by a nephew, who was a Carbanian, and sold it to the town of Most within a year. Thus, most of the Baroness’s estate, including a unique set of garnet jewelry, got there. The castle eventually turned into a school. There, in 1999, was the first exhibition dedicated to the Baroness. “It was the 100th anniversary of her death. Immediately afterwards, it was agreed that a permanent exhibition would be created. And suddenly the interest in this personality grew, now people from the Czech Republic come here, but mainly also from Germany,” said Pazderová.

A few years ago, local ethnographic societies managed to track down the baroness’s pigs. Dieter von Levetzow visited Třebívlice and agreed to create a statue. The ninety-five-year-old sculptor went to see her revelation last weekend. In addition to the municipality, the Ústí nad Labem Region, the Czech-German Fund for the Future, the Euroregion Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří and others also contributed to the bronze sculpture for approximately 800,000 crowns.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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