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Hermitage Old Palace

Music Room


Picture: Music Room

Wilhelmine’s Music Room is one of the most outstanding examples of a court Rococo interior. From antiquity to the Rococo era, music was the symbol of divine and cosmic harmony. The ceiling stucco-work introduces the overall theme of the room. It shows Orpheus, the mythical singer, who so enchants the wild animals with the music of his lyre that they lie down peacefully next to the beasts that are normally their prey.

This theme is taken up by the decoration of the walls, which features a combination of stucco-work representations of various musical instruments and portraits of friends and confidants of the margravine. This is intended to show that an affinity for music leads to the highest form of human co-existence, true friendship.

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