“Colours are light’s suffering and joy”

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Exterior of the Winter Palace
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The grand entryway
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The grand entryway
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The grand entryway
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The grand entryway
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The grand entryway

I mentioned Prince Eugene of Savoy a few weeks ago in my posts about the Belvedere. Recently I had the chance to visit his home at the Winter Palace and was further intrigued by the man. The Baroque interiors include massive battle paintings, exactly as you’d expect from the home of a famous military general. But other parts of the palace are quite refined and charming.

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An elaborate room on the first floor, before you enter the museum
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Battle images in one of the parlors
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Battle images in one of the parlors
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Battle images in one of the parlors

The Palace is tucked into a street near the Stephansplatz and is rather unremarkable from the outside. But it has been turned into a modern art museum, with its lavish Baroque interiors maintained as well. Each of the exhibits focused on a light effect or other color change that highlighted the contrast between the Baroque design and the modern element. It made for a trippy but interesting visit.

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Here’s the other side of that parlor
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One of the rooms on the ground floor had this in the middle
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This is one of the images the cone creates using the designs in the room
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Detail of the wall frescoes
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Detail of the wall frescoes

Title quote: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Self portrait – I call it “Hunchback with Mullet”
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Once again, the room included this prism that created a number of effects when viewed from different angles…
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Like this…
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And this…
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This room had modern sculpture and a photography exhibit
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And here’s the ceiling and chandelier in the blue room
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Here’s a closeup of the original wallpaper in this room
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This room did not have any modern elements other than the lighting, but it has this magnificent ceiling…
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And a cool set of mirrors.
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This room only had one rig – lights and a fan spin continuously, highlighting one section of the wall at a time.
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I especially liked the color effects in this room
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They change dramatically depending on what side of the room you’re standing
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This room seems almost all Baroque…
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Until you notice the giant cage set into one side
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The cage somehow made the Baroque elements more lavish
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Or more distorted… you decide.
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I love maps. This room also seems appropriate for a general. The only new element here is the mirror on the left side.

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