|Anitquarium of the Munich Residenz|
It was the last day of our December travels, and we had about five hours in Munich before our flight homeward, barely enough time for a quick run through the Residenz, the Palace of the Bavarian rulers. The gem of the palace, is the magnificent Antiquarium.
Billed as "the Largest Renaissance Hall North of the Alps" at 66 meters long, the Antiquarium, was created circa 1570 by Jacopo Strada
for Duke Albrecht V, to display a vast collection of classical busts. It was redesigned to its current appearance as a banquet hall in 1586-1600 by Friedrich Sustris
; the floor was lowered and the ceiling decorated with paintings by Peter Candid, Antonio Ponzano, and, of course, Hans Thonauer the Elder.
|Groteske ornament surrounds cartouches with scenes of Bavaria |
But really-- the groteske ornament steals the whole show, much of it designed by Sustris himself. It is graceful and Fantastic. In the Winter Light, it appears rather moody.
|Münchner Wappen featured in a cartouche over a window|
As you may imagine much of the Residenz was severely damaged during the bombings in WWII. Fortunately the Antiquarium survived, although not without some losses. Parts of the ceiling have been recreated, and some areas are bit fuzzy from smoke damage, but overall it's breathtaking: a blend of classical serenity, and colorful whimsy.
|Grotesque ceiling ornamentation dates from the end of the 16th century|
|Sebastian Schmuttermaier in action!|
While visiting this palace we met photographer Sebastian Schmuttermaier, who had obtained permission to bring in a tripod and a special camera mount to shoot 360 degree panoramic images of several rooms in the Residenz. Have a look at the spectacular results of his work on his website
. Follow the arrows to take a tour!
All photos in this post by Lynne Rutter, taken in Munich, Germany, December 2012
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