Spring 2022 Monuments Class Projects



Architect/Sculptor of Monument

Andreas Schlüter (Sculptor)

Student Author

Isaac Lindauer


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Friedrich Wilhelm I, Great Elector, Friedrich Wilhelm I the Great Elector, Friedrich Wilhelm I Elector of Brandenburg, Germany, Equestrian Statue, Friedrich Wilhelm, Prussia, King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, 1713-1740, Europe, History, Western, King, Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, Sculpture, Baroque, Andreas Schlüter

Physical Dimensions

Height: 100 mm Width: 61 mm

Date of Publication


Name of Monument

Friedrich Wilhelm I, the Great Elector Statue

Date of Creation of Monument


Date of Completion or Dedication of Monument


City of Monument


Location within City

Charlottenburg Palace

State/Province of Monument


Country of Monument



A carte-de-visite photograph of the Equestrian Statue of Friedrich Wilhelm the Great Elector in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin Germany. The statue was created by Andreas Schlüter in 1708 and depicts the Great Elector on horseback with symbolic slaves in chains around the base of the statue.

School of Art/Architecture

Baroque Sculpture


The statue is of Friedrich Wilhelm the Great Elector (1620-1688), who set the stage for Friedrich Wilhelm I to turn Prussia into a monarchy and become its king. He funded the creation of the statue. The handwritten description on the back of the CdV, “Fred the Great Berlin”, incorrectly identifies the statue as portraying Friedrich Wilhelm II (1744-1797), the great-great-grandson of the Great Elector. The statue currently stands in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany (but was originally planned to be on a bridge across the Spree river). The palace was built by Friedrich I (1657-1713) and was completed by Andreas Schlüter, the same artist who created the statue. The palace served as an administrative center for the Prussian monarchy until 1888, by which time it had become the German monarchy. The palace and statue both heavily draw upon a Baroque style of sculpting. The statue itself is on a typical Baroque pedestal, with intricate carvings on the sides and flairs on the corners. It shows the Great Elector on horseback, looking over the plaza while dressed in Roman clothing which was common in the rococo style. Along the base of the statue, there are four men in chains looking up at the Great Elector, signifying the enemies he conquered while commanding the Prussian armies. The military was Prussia’s greatest accomplishment and source of pride, so it was important to represent their victories within this statue.

Open-source collection of photos of the statue and other Schlüter works:

#61 - Andreas Schlüter, von dr. Ernst Benkard. - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library

Digital Date



Original physical carte-de-viste is in the public domain. Digital copy scanned by Rod Library, ©2022 Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

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Additional Files

  1. The Great Elector Statue Background.pdf (209 kB)
    Background Research on the Statue
  2. The Great Elector Statue Bibliography.pdf (465 kB)
    Bibliography of Sources

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