The centerpiece of Max-Joseph-Platz is a large bronze sculpture of the square’s namesake: Maximilian I Joseph. The former king of Bavaria (reign 1806 to 1825) is portrayed waving to a crowd while sitting on a throne holding a scepter. Equally impressive are the bas-reliefs decorating the monument’s pedestal. Four of the panels are allegories for astronomy, law plus agriculture, the constitution and Christianity. Below them are four giant lions. In the center of this pair is a female figure named Felicitas Publica. The monument was created by Christian Rauch and Leo von Klenze. It was erected in 1835, a decade after the king’s death.