KING LUDWIG I'S WRITING-ROOM IN THE RESIDENZ, MUNICH, Leo von Klenze

KING LUDWIG I'S WRITING-ROOM IN THE RESIDENZ, MUNICH, Leo von Klenze

c. 1784 to c. 1864 Germany

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Leo von Klenze was a much-travelled archaeologist and architect, trained in Rome and Paris, where he was a pupil of Charles Percier and P-F-L Fontaine. As first Court architect to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia after 1814, he held important State appointments in Bavaria and rebuilt much of Munich for King Ludwig I. His major extensions to the Residenz included the Festsaalbau and the Konigs-Bau on the Max-Joseph- Platz in the style of the Palazzo Pitti to provide public and private rooms for King Ludwig and Queen Therese. This room appears to be either the King's or Queen's writing room.

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.
Private Collection London
Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth Century Interiors: An Album of Watercolors, Thames and Hudson, London, 1992
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
Dimensions
Height 242.00 mm (9.53 inches)
Width 229.00 mm (9.02 inches)
Medium
Watercolour with gold leaf
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