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 and Gardens

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

 

Opening Hours


State Rooms:
Accessible only as part of a guided tour
01. April 2020 until 31 October 2020

Guided Tours: Tue-Sun and public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (times may vary), extra times by prior appointment. Groups by appointment only.

Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet:
01. November to 31. March 2020 closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour and by prior appointment until 22. December 2019
01. April 2020 to 31. October 2020 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm open
01. November 2020 to 31. March 2021 closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour and by prior appointment until 22 December 2020
Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 or info-eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at


Park and Gardens:
April - October: daily, 8am-7pm
November - March: daily, 8am-5pm
1st January 2020: 10am-5pm

Open in addition:
10. June 2019
13. April 2020
01. June 2020
26. October 2020