Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn is a former imperial 1441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
In the year 1569, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased a large floodplain of the Wien river beneath a hill, situated between Meidling and Hietzing, where a former owner, in 1548, had erected a mansion called Katterburg. The emperor ordered the area to be fenced and put game there such as pheasants, ducks, deer and boar, in order to serve as the court's recreational hunting ground. In a small separate part of the area, "exotic" birds such as turkeys and peafowl were kept. Fishponds were built, too.
The name Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring"), has its roots in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court.
During the next century, the area was used as a hunting and recreation ground. Especially Eleonora Gonzaga, who loved hunting, spent much time there and was bequeathed the area as her widow's residence after the death of her husband, Ferdinand II. From 1638 to 1643, she added a palace to the Katterburg mansion, while in 1642 came the first mention of the name "Schönbrunn" on an invoice. The origins of the Schönbrunn orangery seem to go back to Eleonora Gonzaga as well.
Following the downfall of the monarchy in 1918 the newly founded Austrian Republic became the owner of Schönbrunn Palace and preserved, as a museum, the rooms and chambers.
After World War II and during the Allied Occupation of Austria (1945–1955) Schönbrunn Palace, which was empty at the time, was requisitioned to provide offices for both the British Delegation to the Allied Commission for Austria and for the Headquarters for the small British Military Garrison present in Vienna.
Later it was used for important events such as the meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in 1961.
UNESCO catalogued Schönbrunn Palace on the World Heritage List in 1996, together with its gardens, as a remarkable Baroque ensemble and example of synthesis of the arts (Gesamtkunstwerk).
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snunney (80537) 2013-10-26 5:03
Lighting conditions were not easy, so you have done well to capture the majesty of this ceiling painting. I like the framing and excellent detail. Have a good weekend.
Noel_Byrne (22062) 2013-10-26 5:10
From the thumbnail, I thought this was some kind of rare jewel, it certainly has that unique cushion shape. Of course, on closer look I see that its even more intricate and rare than a jewel, this ceiling is really a masterpiece. Beautiful work to take this with such perfect light and clarity, especially while looking straight up!
Highmountains (2255) 2013-10-26 5:33
Painted ceilings with floating cherubs and angels are a common castles and palaces since the renaissance. Here the clarity and sharpness of the painting, together with the decorative and intricate artwork that frames the painting is excellent. The series on the Schönbrunn Palace is very interesting indeed.
Great light management and colour saturation.
Interesting documentation / notes.
Thanks for sharing.
jhm (136580) 2013-10-26 6:08
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
What a big and nice ceiling with a lot perfect details taken.
The colours are real nice and attractive.
Again a master work Krzysztof.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
pyffepa (625) 2013-10-26 8:44
What a wonderful ceiling.
While the photograph is two dimensions, the viewer feel the height and and size of the piece.
I admire the symetry, I have so much problem to frame correctly when I tilt the head backwards :)
Very nice picture.
Have a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (118143) 2013-10-26 10:03
Ciao Krzysztof, great view of fantastic ceiling, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
mesutilgim (81300) 2013-10-26 10:27
Hello dear Krzysztof,
Very nice capture of this beautiful baroque ceiling of Schoenbrunn.
Many interesting and usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE entry !
TFS and have a nice weekend
lousat (73837) 2013-10-26 15:22
Really beautiful! You caught very well this magnificent oportunity made by this fantastic ceiling,an artistic masterwork taken in a perfect symmetry and whit very bright details and colors despite the difficult light,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Sonata11 (33201) 2013-10-26 21:18
piekny freski. Piekna praca. Slicznie wykonane zdjecie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznmie pozdrawiam i zycze milej niedzieli, Barbara
fabbs99 (16147) 2013-10-26 22:53
Nice shot with good colors and clarity.A nice and interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light and color. Thanks for sharing this good work.
adramad (36223) 2013-10-27 16:17
Sensational symmetry you've captured with this wonderful ceiling these paintings a delight with such good color quality and sharpness.
Good job. I love it.
Happy start to the week.
danos (84275) 2013-10-28 4:09
fascinating the view of the well painted ceiling of Schönbrunn Palace with the details to are enhanced from the excellent light and colour management.Excellent presentation as quality of the image.
adores (35026) 2013-11-05 15:57
Looks like a trompe l'oeil! Surely a great painting with wonderful details and you framed it very well. Light is also well managed!
- Copyright: Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) (83120)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-03
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya HMC SUPER UV M77
- Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-26 4:44