Monday, July 14, 2014

Statue of Count Matthias Von Der Schulenburg, Corfu

The German general Matthias von der Schulenburg (1661-1747) was the last great general of the Serenissima Republic of Venice. He organised the defence of Corfu against the last Turkish siege in 1716, during which the Turks failed to conquer the island. Schulenburg built additional fortifications and undertook the command and the encouragement of his army consisting of 5.000 men when the camp of the enemy numbered 33.000.

 The Venetian Senate, in honour of his accomplishments, erected his statue while he was still alive, by means of a special and rare decision. The general is depicted in the garments of a Roman military officer standing on a high, baroque-style base, decorated with relief prizes. 

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