Maria Theresia Tour
To celebrate Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday – and to complement the major special exhibitions in other locations – for the first time the Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H. is offering a special Maria Theresa tour in Schönbrunn Palace. The tour leads through Empress Maria Theresa’s private apartment on the ground floor where, after the death of her beloved spouse Francis I, she resided for the last decade of her life (1770s) as dowager empress. The rooms are remarkable for their decoration and adornments, in fact they are unique in European palatial architecture, with landscape paintings by the Bohemian master Johann Wenzel Bergl, which (visually) lead visitors through all kinds of scenery from exotic landscapes to the planned, landscaped garden. Moreover, the tour includes Maria Theresa’s most important state rooms on the bel étage: the Great and Small Galleries, the Carousel Room and Hall of Ceremonies. The Great and Small Galleries are counted among the most resplendent banqueting halls of European Rococo, with their gloss-painted white walls, their opulent gold decorations, and the ceiling frescoes by the Italian painter Gregorio Guglielmi. What is more, the Carousel Room and the Hall of Ceremonies – likewise in the typical white-and-gold decoration typical of Maria Theresa’s epoch – have large-format paintings integrated in the wall panelling which document Maria Theresa’s reign in remarkably exact detail.
Duration: 15.3. – 29.11.2017
Dates: every Saturday and Sunday, 10.30 am (English) and 2.30 pm (German)
Price: € 15.80 / € 9.70 (children aged 6-18)
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