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This formally rendered office drawing sets out the architectural and geometric decoration of the room. Von Klenze was a good watercolourist and many of his designs were first rendered formally and subsequently repeated as finished records, as with those of the New Hermitage in Russia. This interior is inspired by the Italian Renaissance for decorative inspiration, the painted scheme and panels similar to Raphael's Vatican Loggie, and it incorporates the latest techniques in trompe l'oeil and decoration, combined with additional fabrics, fitted carpets, decorative arts and furniture. Von Klenze's own brand of archaeological classicism created a truly regal interior.
This room was recorded in an equally intricate watercolour by F-X Nachtmann (1799- 1846) in 1836, illustrating how close Von Klenze's drawing was to the room as built. It was destroyed by bombing in 1944.
King Ludwig I relished his role of making Munich the capital of the New Kingdom of Bavaria and was inspired by his Italian Grand Tour of 1804-05, shortly thereafter planning the Glyptothek in Munich for his collections. The additions to the Residenz reflect his enthusiasm for Florence and the Palazzo Pitti.
Winfrid Nerdinger (ed) Leo von Klenze, Architect zwischen Kunst und Hof, 1784-1864 (exhibition catalogue), Munich, 2000, erp Frank Buttner 'Klenze und die bildenden Konstler', pp144-173; and Catalogue no 91, pp363-77.
Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior, London, 1989. Un Age d'Or des Arts Decoratifs: 1814-1848, Paris, 1991, pp465-66
Hermann Schmitz, Vor Hundert Jahren, Berlin, 1920
|Height||242.00 mm||(9.53 inches)|
|Width||229.00 mm||(9.02 inches)|