The Liebieghaus is home to a choice collection of modern-era sculptures dating from the early Renaissance to Neoclassicism. The bronze statuette of the Apollo Belvedere by the sculptor Antico prominently exemplifies the Renaissance striving, inspired by antiquity, to reproduce nature realistically.
The Mannerist works, for their part, are distinguished by tension-charged compositions. Whereas Matthias Steinl’s Immaculata and Andrea Brustolon’s Jacob’s Struggle with the Angel provide a vivid impression of Baroque art, works by the sculptors Ignaz Günther and Paul Egell represent the Rococo, the art of the Enlightenment.
The Liebieghaus’s most famous sculpture, however, is Johann Heinrich von Dannecker’s Ariadne on the Panther, a work already celebrated before its completion.