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View of the Entrance to Schonbrunn Palace

View of the Entrance to Schonbrunn Palace

This impressive view shows the entrance to the Schonbrunn Palace, one of Fischer von Erlach’s most significant commissions. The architect’s initial designs were so stupendous, they were deemed impossible to carry out. The hunting lodge that was eventually built became the official residence of Empress Maria Theresa (1717–80), who embellished and enlarged the structure.

 

Image from: Fischer von Erlach, Johann B. Anfang Einiger Vorstellungen der vornehmsten Gebäude so wohl innerhalb der Stadt als in denen Vorstädten von Wien: wovon mit der Zeit das abgehende nachfolgen soll = Commencement de veues et de facades principlaes dans la ville & aux fauxbourgs de Vienne: dont le public aura à attendre la suite avec le tems. Augsburg: Johann Andreas Pfeffel excud. Aug. Vind., 1719.

 

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