The statue of Emperor Joseph II - in the style of late historicism – was made by the Viennese sculptor Richard Kauffungen (1854-1942). He is one of the most important representatives of historicism in Austria. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and later worked in Prague and Italy. From 1885 he received numerous private and public commissions in Vienna. He headed Vienna’s Frauenakademie, an art school for women and girls, from 1908 and received numerous prizes and awards.
On campus, he also created the monument to Hermann Franz Müller in court 9 (1899) along with nine other monuments in the arcade courtyard within the main university building.
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