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, 1995

The Greeks imagined the sea creature "Triton" to a male mermaid.  Here he blows his shell  hornshell. In his left, he appears to be holding a trident or rudder. These were the kinds of figurines Count Pückler used around 1850 to decorate the "Venus Bed" in Branitz Park. In the midst of flowers in blue bloom stood Canova's statue of the sea-born goddess, surrounded by groups of mythological figures. Even tritons could find their place here. By 1945, no more than a photograph was left of the Count's "walkable landscape painting". Could it be reconstructed? Fortunately, people were austere in Prussia. A copy of the Venus was located in Glienicke Palace. And old catalog of the zinc foundry Devaranne provided further clues. Replicas of the Branitz tritons were identified in Niobide hall of the New Museum in Berlin, molded and recast. Here we see one of the re-castings, the result of clever research and a bit of luck. If that continues, the "Venus Bed" will be back to its usual self. At least visually.

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