Gutenberg Monument

Gutenberg Monument – Frankfurt, Germany

This memorial was inaugurated on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing by movable type and commemorates its creator, Johannes Gutenberg. The Gothic-style sandstone structure is made up of three massive statues, representing Gutenberg and his printers and patrons, Hans Fust and Peter Schöffer. The main causes for the invention of the time-honoured art of book-printing - theology, poetry, natural sciences and industry - are represented as allegorical figures, sitting at the corners of the memorial's base, which in turn is adorned by a frieze featuring the busts of famous printers, publishers and booksellers. The crests…