The KORNMARKT-MADONNA is a fountain sculpture on the Kornmarkt in the old town of Heidelberg. Further names of the fountain are MARIENSÄULE and MUTTERGOTTESBRUNNEN.
In 1718 the statue created by Peter van den Branden was placed on a pedestal in the middle of the square. The background to this is the religious disputes between the mostly Reformed population in Heidelberg and the Catholic Elector Karl Philipp. The statue of Mary stands in the tradition of the specifically Catholic figures of Mary and saints and is to be seen as a measure of counter-Reformation propaganda, which in Heidelberg was promoted primarily by the Jesuits. For the Reformed Heidelberg population, this list was tantamount to a provocation.
February 7, 2021
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