I Also Sing of Lust and Love and Life

CARL HEINZ

GEB. 13. APRIL 1841. GEST 25 JULI 1900

SOPHIE HEINZ

GEB HUMBERT

GEB. 2. MAI 1842. GEST 28 JULI 1905

PHILIPP CARL HEINZ

GEB 24 MAI. 1864 GEST 9. JUNI 1912

In 1902, Austrian sculptor, Friedrich Christoph Hausmann (June 23, 1860—October 23, 1936) created the delicately-carved white marble Heinz monument in Frankfurt Hauptfriedhof.  The monument depicts a young woman draped in a diaphanous wrap wearing a flower diadem and sitting under what appears to be a budding oak tree. Birds perch overhead.

Hausmann was commissioned to create many public and private works including fountains and tombs, many still extant.  During the time he created this sculpture, he served as the director of the Frankfurt’s School of Applied Arts.

The monument, dedicated to the Heinz family, features the following epitaph:

DOCH WENN AUS DEM

AUGE TRUBE

MIR EIN MEER VON

SCHMERZEN SAH,

SANG VON LUST ICH UND

VON LIEBE

UND VON LEBEN SANG ICH DA

Which loosely translates to:

“Even if, from my cloudy eyes, an ocean of pain appears to me, I also sing of lust and love and life.” 

The epitaph was written by Saxen-Hausen, which is a pseudonym for Carl Heinz.  Heinz was a published author. 

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1 Response to I Also Sing of Lust and Love and Life

  1. gsb03632 says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for this!

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