Facade of Lazienki Palace, Warsaw
Construction year: 1689
Designer/builder: Tylman van Gameren
Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw - one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. This romantic, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.
The highlight of Lazienki Park is the Palace on the Water. It is one of the finest examples of Neo-Clasical architecture in Poland. King Stanislaw August Poniatowski converted 17th Century Pavillon into a Palace. In World War II the Nazis wanted to blow up the Palace but because of lack of time - they only set fire to it. Currently the Palace is fully restored.
The palace is built on an artificial island that divides the lake into two parts, a smaller northern lake and a larger southern one. The palace is connected to the surrounding park by two Ionic colonnaded bridges. The façades are unified by an entablature carried by giant Corinthian pilasters that link its two floors and are crowned by a balustrade that bears statues of mythologic figures. The north façade is relieved by a central pedimented portico. On the south front, a deep central recess lies behind a screen of Corinthian columns.
The Palace on the Isle, the summer residence of the last king of Poland, Stanisław August, is one of the most outstanding examples of the style of his epoch. The origins of the Palace date back to the 17th century, when the Ujazdów premises were owned by the Grand Marshall of the Crown, Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski. It was on his orders, that in the years 1683 – 1689, the architect, Tylman van Gameren, constructed a garden pavilion – a Bathhouse (in Polish - Łazienki), which was also called Hippokrene (Aganippe) from the ancient fountain that was created by the hooves of the Pegasus and was a place of gathering of the Muses and a source of poetic inspiration.
Ujazdów Castle on a hill, together with two pavilions picturesquely situated among the trees, became of interest to Stanisław August Poniatowski in 1764. Just before the election the future king bought these lands for his private residence.
Thanks to help of the architects, Dominic Merlini and Jan Christian Kamsetzer, Stanisław August turned the Bathhouse into the Palace, a summer residence of a villa -museum type. It became a place to exhibit the royal collection of paintings from the 17th and the 18th century, as well as sculptures. The Palace on the Isle also contained, hidden in the interior design, the philosophical ideas of Stanisław August and his reformist aspirations.
The Palace on the Isle contains the ideological legacy of the king, who thus presented the future generations the motives of his political decisions and the reasons behind them – the deep conviction of the necessity to save the Republic of Poland.
In the Ball Room, the king passed along, through the mythological references, values he considered the most important, that is wisdom, virtue, beauty and love of art, the values he based his rule on. Thanks to reforms initiated by the king, Poland was to enter the Golden Age of peace and prosperity.
In the Rotunda Stanisław August pondered his place in history and pointed out the Polish kings who had become the models for his rule. He also referred to the ancient traditions of the political system. He saw himself as a worthy continuator of history and tradition, as shown in the painting decorations in the Solomon Room. (Source: Warsaw-life & wikipedia)
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mrichat (1727) 2011-12-14 1:13
great DOF,Excellent clearity,very well managed light indeed with soft light,contrast betwn green vegetation and light cream color of the palace.A nice frame too.Nice composition.Greetings from India.
lousat (81646) 2011-12-14 1:20
Hi George,great choice of point of view and impressive perspective,i like the perfection of details in the difficult light of a cloudy day,a great example of architechture in the green.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
ChrisJ (103531) 2011-12-14 1:24
I like the angled pov on the neoclassical Greco Roman building complete with the same style of old statues. Good color, sharpness perspective & framing. Tfs!
Silvio1953 (129304) 2011-12-14 1:41
Ciao George, great POV on wonderful facade, lovely composition with beautiful statue in FG, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
JFS (32459) 2011-12-14 2:26
Now a perfect close-up of the Palace on a quiet atmosphere, the green gives a good balance to the image.
Thanks and best regards,
carper (96) 2011-12-14 2:40
very nice george,
a well composed photo, of a nice place, good balance a pleasure to look at, very good photo job.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-12-14 2:44
A nice close up view of the palace's front facade with beautiful columns and statues captured very well. The colors and sharpness are superb. The greenery around creates a pleasant atmosphere.
Royaldevon (33007) 2011-12-14 3:09
Good Morning George,
A fine pov gives a strong f/g triangle to this sharp and detailed shot of the palace facade.
I like how your position uses the statue to point the direction for the viewers.
Have a good day,
snunney (88982) 2011-12-14 3:39
Great capture of this classical façade with its magnificent portico. The close framing works very well and I like the anchor point offered by the statuary. Superb colours and sharpness.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-12-14 5:13
The view moved closer to the facade reveals the architectural details and the sculptures and completes well the photo of yesterday. The composition from the foliages is good. Excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
npecanhuk (69500) 2011-12-14 8:39
Beautiful façade and statues!
Very attractive urban & architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
siamesa (27761) 2011-12-14 11:41
Boa tarde George
Excellent point of view. Very good note. Beautiful view of this palace that has marvelous architectural lines.
mesutilgim (88484) 2011-12-14 12:09
Hello dear George,
Another nice capture from Warsaw, of this nice neoclassical building. With good pov and nice details.
The sculpture above the roaring lion is Achilles I think (?).
Again many good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice evening.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-12-14 12:10
You have chosen an excellent POV for showing us a beautiful architecture. Your presentation is great!
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-12-14 12:16
Hi George, This Palace looks beautiful, with the lion, man and water against the fantastic architecture. Interesting note. Great light, colours ans presentation, Tfs, Cheers Iain.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-12-14 13:20
Beautiful framing of the facade of the palace, with a good angle that gives a strong perspective. With many details, such as sculptures and classical architecture.
vasilpro (41091) 2011-12-14 13:30
Wonderful composition, beautiful palace with interesting architecture, excellent POV, lovely soft light and colors, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
jjcordier (78388) 2011-12-14 22:26
Bon cadrage vertical de cette intéressante façade à colonnes et belle utilisation de cette statue qui semble vouloir nous montrer le chemin à suivre.
dkmurphys (52201) 2011-12-15 5:27
Very beautiful detail of the impressive facade. Great architecture work.
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
Cricri (110627) 2011-12-15 10:20
Un cadrage parfait du Palace, une architecture magnifique avec les statue, les détails de la façade, joliment cadrer entre le feuillages, très belle réalisation
emka (85179) 2011-12-15 23:37
I must see once all your photos from Warsaw, I suppose it is now bigger gallery then mine :). Nice composition from Łazienki Palace. It is my favourite place in Warsaw. Excellent capture.
WArm regrads from Warsaw
mkamionka (32333) 2011-12-16 0:26
beautiful presentation from the Lazienki Palace.
It is so famous in Poland and I had the pleasure to visit it too but you found an unusual POV and your composition is brilliant -squeezing in so many classic elements what makes it feel much more attractive than it probably is.
The weather was not the best but I see you were aware of it and you cut it to the minimum. Fantastic job, very impressive presentation. I would probably not guess that it is Warsaw!
Excellent work again,
kordinator (19856) 2011-12-16 0:53
Another lovely facade and architecture,this time from Warsaw.
You have a really nice motives.
Image quality is indisputable.
Excellent and very elegant photos.
pablominto (53746) 2011-12-16 23:53
The point of view works well, and the tight framing adds a touch of drama to the motif!
Good details in the architecture, great lines and strong sense of depth...
A charming place indeed, the mood is well conveyed!
annjackman (20701) 2011-12-17 0:58
This is very well photographed with an excellent POV and crop. I particularly like the leaves framing the picture at the top. Lovely colours and sharpness.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-24
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Symbol of rebirth - The amazing Warsaw, The Lazienki Park [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-14 1:09