After I’ve sold almost all my portraits on Thursday (Woohoo!) I framed lots of new ones. I’m super happy with the new arrangement! The large one in the center is my favourite - a wooden frame from 1900.
Interesting you didn't learn about the wars at school. Both were also fought in parts of Africa. Well, Africans didn't have a big choice, the colonial powers didn't ask for permission (as usual). Don't read all books in a row, or you'll be depressed all summer! Cheers from Berlin
Yeah, I wish we did because I have interests in history and hated not having a good understanding, especially whenever it was referred to in my sociology class. It’s long overdue and I have to this summer. I have read so far of France exerting power over Morocco, and Germany’s jealousy and interference. Really Kaiser Wilhelm sounds like a real spoilt brat so far. i’m looking forward to see how this happens in other African countries too. Thanks, for your comments. I’ll have to fight the depression somehow…
Look what I found on the flea market last Sunday! A whole box full of vintage oval shaped frames. Most of them with curved glass, many are Bakelite & some even wood with black shellack. The guy who sold them to me had absolutely no idea what a treasure this is. Usually it takes me several month to gather that many frames in this quality. Frame porn!
Done! After a few months of sad emptiness, my wall at the Cheese Mountain Tragedy is packed with new frames again. This time I decided not to go for symmetry & hung them as if the ancestral portrait gallery has been growing over years - like in the kitchen of your grandparents.
Five German palaces of beauty for travellers: Residenz, Munich
Wittelsbach family were masters of Munich for almost 700 years, mostly as dukes
of Bavaria. They had a castle, which still stands, from the 13th century but
late in the 15th started rebuilding on an already fortified site on the north
edge of the old town.
Early in the 17th century the duke Maximilian I became an elector
prince of the Holy Roman empire and made Munich his official residence.
result is the opulent Residenz,
facing Max-Joseph-Platz and extending north along Residenzstraße to the
Hofgarten. The present palace of 130 chambers has had many builders and eras, in
styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and
Neoclassical. The palace complex includes a series of eight courtyards.
commissions included dazzling halls on the north side of the complex facing the
Hofgarten. The ensemble of chambers includes highlights such as the
extraordinary Renaissance Antiquarium, a 60m long vaulted and richly frescoed
hall dating to 1579, and the ornate (and now reconstructed) 18th century
Cuvilliés-Theater. The Ahnengalerie includes a
hundred portraits of Wittelsbach princes through the centuries painted into the
carved gilt panelling, a device to show off Wittelsbach dynastic
might and power relationships.
Renaissance west facade to Residenzstraße shows the contemporary style of painted
features and Wittelsbach heraldic lions. Today the shields guarded by the lions
are touched for luck – the
shields themselves carry lions’ heads with snouts worn to a shine – by Munich residents and
For their last century of rule the Wittelsbachs were kings of
Bavaria and put the final touches to the Residenz’s assembly of architecture,
interior decoration and works of art. Ludwig I’s Neoclassical
Königsbau (1848) and royal apartments were designed and built by Leo von
War II bombing caused extensive damage to the palace and the lengthy rebuilding
has been almost continuous since.
Residenz is open daily. Today visitors enter what is termed the Residenzmuseum
to view its rich chambers, and the treasury or Schatzkammer. The complex also houses the coin and medal
cabinets of the Staatliche Münzsammlung.
The Residenzmuseum has no tours but free audio guides are available at entry. Separately
or using combination cards the Schatzkammer, the Cuvilliés-Theater,
Staatliche Münzsammlung München can be visited. The Königsbau, with its
Italian-style façade to Max-Jospeh-Platz, is under restoration.
The Renaissance Hofgarten (1615) at the north facade
of the Residenz was arcaded on two sides and a gate (1826) was added by Klenze.
The arcades house murals (1840) with Classical references and quotes. The
Brunnenpavilion (1615) was designed by Heinrich Schön for a statue of Diana.