Ceiling Decorations

a painted history of the world

In the 17th century, the Planetary Room functioned as the entrance hall to the State Apartments, to which only select guests had access by strict order of rank. The apartments were laid out in circular form and consisted of 24 State Rooms, originally comprising two large suites of rooms – 12 rooms to the south side for the Prince and 12 to the north side for the Princess. In total, the magnificent décor that survives to this day encompasses over 500 ceiling paintings in opulent stucco surrounds. Mythological scenes and the history of the ancient, Biblical and modern worlds are interwoven with allegories, emblems and vedute to create a Baroque cultural cosmos.

History paintings


An enormous cycle of history paintings depicts the story of the world from its mythical origins within ancient Greek and Roman culture, and Biblical stories up until the events of Early  more...

Landscapes


The frieze zone in each of the rooms contains narrow pictorial strips, which, with few exceptions, contain topographical images. These include representations of cities, harbours and  more...

Emblems


One feature of the Eggenberg cycle is the extensive series of emblems woven into the programme of paintings for the ceilings. Emblems are witty ‘visual puzzles’, consisting of an image  more...

Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560 und -9532
eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours


The state rooms
1 April to 30 October 2022, exceptions may apply

Guided Tours: Tue-Sun, public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, from May to September additionally at 5pm or by prior appointment .

Park and Gardens
15 March to 31 October daily from 8am - 7pm
1 November to 14 March daily from 8am - 5pm


Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet
1 April to 30 October 2022 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm 
1 November to 18 December 2022 admission only with guided tour by prior appointment

Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560
or info-eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

Open in addition:
18 April 2022
6 June 2022
15 August 2022