The Marble Room, Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Marble Room functioned as the second vestibule in the state apartment and is the oldest interior in that apartment. It was furnished from 1640-42, during the reign of Ladislaus IV, according to a design by Giovanni Battista Gisleni and it was renovated by Jakub Fontana in the years 1769-71. Fontana did not make any changes to the basic elements of the original architectural design; he added twenty-two portraits of Polish kings, a ceiling painting by Marcello Bacciarelli and André Le Brun's statue of Justice and Peace over the mirror.
The history of the Royal Castle goes back to the fourteenth century when the Great Tower was erected (see the map of the Castle – now called the Justice Court Tower).
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, the Castle underwent large-scale expansion and was transformed into a five-winged edifice with an inner courtyard. It was a royal residence, the place where parliamentary deliberations were held and the administrative and cultural centre of the country.
Destroyed in the middle of the seventeenth century during the Swedish Wars, it gradually regained its former magnificence during the reign of the Saxon-Wettin dynasty.
In the second half of the eigheteenth century, artists in the employ of Stanislaus Augustus (Jan Christian Kamsetzer, Marcello Bacciarelli, Domenico Merlini) reconstructed the interiors of the chambers, comprising the Great Apartment and the King's Apartment.
During the period of the partitions (in the nineteenth century) the major part of the collections of the last Polish king ended up in Russia.
After Poland regained its independence, some of the works of art were reinstated to their rightful place in the Castle.
In September 1939 the Castle was bombed by the Germans; however museologists, under the leadership of Professor Stanisław Lorentz, managed to salvage some elements of the interiors and also some of the works of art.
In September 1944 the Castle was blown up by the Germany army.
In the years 1945-1970, the Communist authorities delayed making a decision on whether to rebuild the Castle. The decision to do so was taken in 1971. Funds for the rebuilding of the Castle which took until 1980 were provided thanks to the dedication of the community.
In 1984 the reconstructed interiors were opened to the general public.
Since 1995 work has been undertaken on the conservation of the Kubicki Arcades and the reconstruction of the gardens. Once these works are completed, and the Tin-Roofed Palace refurbished, the rebuilding of the Royal Castle complex will have been finalized. (Source: zamek-krolewski.p)
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csabagaba (6636) 2011-10-11 1:25
Húha... ez nagy fotó. Lehet ott egyáltalán fotózni? Én elég gyakran szívok, mert az utóbbi időben már szinte sehol sem engednek fényképezni belülről. Ez egy gyönyörűségesen barokk terem a stílusra jellemző pompával. Nagyon szépen helyreálllítova. Az átlós, sarokból lőtt beállítást erősíti a sakktábla-mintás padlóburkolat. nagyon jól állítottad be a fényszinteket, a színek is nagyon ott vannak. Ez bizony jó.
PS: nem tudom írtam e, a portugál utat az utazásszervező érdeklődés hiányában lemondta,de legalább a befizetett pénzt visszautalta, most keresgélünk valami mást, mert ugy, ha menni kell, akkor menni kell:-)
ChrisJ (113273) 2011-10-11 1:41
The chequerboard tile pattern is graphic & eye catching. It contrasts well against the ornate neo classical decor around the room. Good sharpness & framing with the woman's reflection adding scale. Tfs!
snunney (98265) 2011-10-11 1:44
The point of view is well chosen to show us this beautiful interior to best advantage. The lovely colours and exceptional clarity help us to fully appreciate the exquisite decoration. Perfect management of the light.
limielski (0) 2011-10-11 1:52
Amazing view of the Room. Really excellent POV, colors, white balance and of course the object itself. Super!
Have a nice day!
jjcordier (79297) 2011-10-11 1:59
Une salle richement décorée que tu as trčs bien photographiée. Les couleurs chaudes sont trčs agréables et le pavage donne une impression de relief.
danos (97479) 2011-10-11 2:04
Good morning George,
nice the view of the interior of the Marble room,of the Royal Palace of Warsaw make the scene so nice and to concised from a lot of details.Good presentation as light and colour management.
besnard (56219) 2011-10-11 2:05
Elle est somptueuse cette salle. Un bon choix d'angle pour nous faire deviner les salles de part et d'autre.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-10-11 2:17
very nice architectural details inside the palace...like the painting on the wall...also like the design of the floor...the reflection of the human on the mirror add a fine touch for this image...nice golden tone...
good exposure controlled with nice color tones & sharpness...
timecapturer (49288) 2011-10-11 2:47
this is so amazingly sharp and detailed, what an incredible room and so perfectly captured. So much to look at and intricately beautiful.
Regards - Brian.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-10-11 2:57
beautiful interior with that black and white checkered floor and full of decorations on the wall. Nice partial glimpse of the other room. Good sharp image with superb colors.
jhm (152246) 2011-10-11 3:00
Very nice interior shot, with the man in mirror image.
You chose a very lovely angle right on the tiles this gives depth and perspective too.
Excellent composition through the low position.
Very well done, TFS.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-10-11 3:33
Your note is interesting about this masterpiece which almost disappeared. The photo of inside is technically high-quality. The skillful composition makes discover a maximum of things. Attractive work. Bravo.
Have a nice day
JFS (32459) 2011-10-11 3:53
Rich and beautiful marble room, the graphic floor contrasts with the baroque style of the rest. Perfect management of light. thanks a lot for your note, it's veyr helpful.
ashres (1055) 2011-10-11 3:56
The wonderful interior details seen here. the light is great and inclusion of a woman framed into the mirror is a wonderful addition. Nice pov, great capture,
npecanhuk (75122) 2011-10-11 5:21
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, contrasts, horizontal format and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-10-11 5:36
Ola George ,
Maravilhoso este chăo em marmore branco e preto , lindos os detalhes das parede , bom enquadramento da foto em V, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sergiom (78623) 2011-10-11 5:54
Ce n'est pas la décoration qui manque dans ce salon et de plus les miroirs en rajoutent pour augmenter encore les facettes.Il y a un léger flou probablement par manque de trépied.
bema (26425) 2011-10-11 8:47
famous look into the rooms of this impressive palace..
have seen some years before something similiar in the palae of King Ludwig in Neuschwanstein..
great in sharpness and clarity.. fine graphical effects too..
have a nice evening, see you soon, regards Bernd
vasilpro (41313) 2011-10-11 8:47
Wonderful interior composition, interesting details, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, I like the image of a woman in the mirror, very good sharpness and clarity, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
mauro61 (52855) 2011-10-11 9:14
ben ripresa questa immagine di interni tra specchi, marmi e quadri antichi.
Luce ottimamente gestita,
francio64 (39888) 2011-10-11 12:12
immagine di interno molto ben eseguita, con ottima gestione della luce e ottimo sharp.
Il dorato di prevalenza rende bello l'ambiente e di conseguenza anche la foto.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-10-11 12:54
Beautiful marble room with many details taken from good POV. Interesting note too. TFS!
pauloog (11751) 2011-10-11 14:28
The rich interior well presented.
dkmurphys (58038) 2011-10-12 0:17
Impressive interiour decorations. Amazing details,a true royal place.
Well catch, have a nice day.
fabianoleite (11523) 2011-10-12 11:49
Beautiful room, full of valuable details. The chequered floor looks great, and the difficult parts for this kind of photo: framing and lighta - you managed really well. Congratulations!
siamesa (28117) 2011-10-12 13:51
Boa noite George
Splendid details in this room. Very rich and attractives.Fine composition. TFS
Graal (102752) 2011-10-12 23:44
Jó napot George,
very nice room in Royal Palace. An interesting portraits and other details. Photo well done. Good note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
batalay (38775) 2011-10-13 1:03
I had heard of the Marble Room of Warsaw's Royal Palace, but had never seen a photograph of it. You've produced a first rate architectural and artistic portrait of the room. It's a quaint touch to include the reflection in the ornate mirror of the tourist.
Silvio1953 (142131) 2011-10-13 2:37
Ciao George, great view of fantastic interior, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful bright colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-21
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4, 1/45 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Symbol of rebirth - The amazing Warsaw [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-11 1:13