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


Park and Gardens:
27 March to 31 October 2021: 
Daily open from 8am-7pm

1 November 2021 to 26 March 2022: 
Daily open from 8am-5pm

The state rooms
19 May to 31 October 2021:

Guided Tours: Tue-Sun, public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 


Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet
27 March to 31 October 2021:
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-5pm open

 

1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022:
Closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment until 19 December 2021
Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 or info-eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

Open in addition:
5 April 2021
24 May 2021