“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”
Pietro Aretino 1492-1596
This is the gilded bronze monument of Johann Strauss II after a Viennese snowstorm . In his lifetime, Strauss was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century.
Pietro Aretino, on the other hand, was an Italian author and poet, well known for his erotic literature. He is rumored to have died of suffocation from "laughing too much."