Virgin Laurentia von Tangermünde with Stag

Modeled by Christian Daniel Rauch, Royal Prussian Iron Foundry, Berlin, or Royal Prussian Iron Foundry, Gleiwitz

After 1834

This model, originally created by Rauch in 1832, is shown on the royal Berlin foundry’s 1834 New Year’s card. According to legend, the virgin Laurentia lived in the village of Tangermünde. One day she lost her way in the forest and prayed for deliverance. In that moment, a stag appeared to carry her back to the village. Rauch learned of this legend while staying in Tangermünde during the autumn of 1831 and from December 1831 to July 1832.