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Late in the 17th century architect, Johann Fischer von Erlach, designed Schönbrunn Palace for the Hapsburgs as an answer to the France’s Versailles. Although most of the opulent residence was constructed around 1696, significant additions were still being made during the next sixty years. The palace’s golden age coincided with the lifetime of Empress Maria Terese (1717-1780). Its residents included Emperor Francis Joseph II, and his sister Marie Antoinette, who would be married off to Louis XVI of France.

In view in one of the countless rooms and halls in the immense palace is a colossal mural, depicting myriad guests in attendance at the festivities associated with the wedding, and seated among them, and protected by a small transparent plate, the image of the wunderkind, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

I took the photo in 1989 while visiting Vienna, ostensibly to give a guest lecture in physics at the Boltzmann Institute. Once I was finished with my lecture, I could traipse around the city looking for the large number of houses that my hero Ludwig van Beethoven had lived in, and been unceremoniously evicted from. And afterwards I drove to Salzburg to see the beautiful little city associated with Mozart in his youth.

A jagged opening in a garden wall on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace allows the view seen in this picture, which I recorded on Kodachrome-64 slide film using my Nikon 2020.

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