The monument to the great German writer Johann Wolfang von Goethe (1749-1832), which stands in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, was commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and presented to the city of Rome in 1904.
The monument was designed by Gustav Eberlein and carved by Valentino Casali.
Goethe stayed in Rome from October 1786 until February 1787 and again from June 1787 until April 1788. He lodged in Via del Corso (118), which now houses the Casa di Goethe, a small museum which occupies some of the rooms in which the writer lived.
Thirty years later, in 1828, Goethe published his Italian Journey, a fascinating account of his time in Italy.